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2015 International Survey of Physicians

The 2015 Commonwealth Fund International Survey of 11 nations found that nearly one-quarter of primary care physicians in the United States reported they are not prepared to care for the sickest and frailest patients. Explore select findings below, which suggest the U.S. may need to do more to strengthen primary care and employ new ideas shown to be effective in other countries.

Preparedness to Manage the Care of Patients with Complex Needs

Doctors’ Views of Practice Preparedness to Manage Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions

Percent of primary care physicians reporting their practice is well-prepared to manage the care of patients with multiple chronic conditions

Excludes those who NEVER see those patients

Primary Care Practice Capacity to Provide Enhanced Access and Care Management

Practice Has Arrangement for Patients to see Doctor or Nurse for After-Hours Care


In Norway, respondents were asked whether there practice has arrangements or if there are regional arrangements.

Practice Staff Frequently Make Home Visits


Practice Uses Nurses or Case Managers to Monitor and Manage Care for Patients with Chronic Conditions


Primary Care Doctors’ Communication with Emergency Department and Hospital

Primary Care Doctors' Communication with Emergency Department and Hospital

Percent who report they always receive notification when a patient is seen in the ED and when a patient is discharged from the hospital:

Practice Frequenty Coordinates Care with Social Services of Other Community Providers


Health Information Technology

Practice uses electronic medical records


Doctor Can Electronically Exchange Patient Summaries with Doctors Outside their Practice


Primary Care Doctors' Views

Physician Satisfaction with Practicing Medicine

Percent of primary care physicians reporting they are 'very satisfied' or 'somewhat satisfied' practicing medicine

Overall View of Health Care System Among Primary Care Physicians

Percent of primary care physicians reporting their 'System Works Well, Only Minor Changes Needed'