More than a third of physicians find the process of receiving referrals very challenging, according to the "2013 Physician Sentiment Index," by Epocrates and athenahealth.
The report includes responses from 1,200 physicians, 30 percent of whom are primary care physicians and 76 percent of whom are specialists.
When asked how they feel about the process of receiving referrals, respondents reported the following:
• Challenging — 37 percent
• Neutral — 52 percent
• Easy — 10 percent