Heavy burden of EHRs could contribute to physician burnout: For every hour physicians spend with patients, nearly 2 additional office hours are spent on clerical work

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5-Sep-2016
American College of Physicians

1. Heavy burden of EHRs could contribute to physician burnout

For every hour physicians spend with patients, nearly 2 additional office hours are spent on clerical work

Abstract: http://www.annals.org/article.aspx?doi=10.7326/M16-0961

Editorial: http://www.annals.org/article.aspx?doi=10.7326/M16-1757

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For every hour physicians provide direct clinical face time to patients, nearly two additional hours is spent on electronic health records (EHR) and other clerical work within the clinic day. Outside office hours, physicians spend another 1 to 2 hours of personal time each night doing additional clerical work. Researchers suggest that the burden of EHRs could contribute to physician burnout. The findings of a time and motion study are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

2. In-office screening tool might help to identify patients with substance use problems

Abstract: http://www.annals.org/article.aspx?doi=10.7326/M16-0317

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A simple, in-office screening tool might help to identify patients with clinically relevant substance use problems. A study of the new Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription medication, and other Substance use (TAPS) screening tool found that it had good sensitivity and specificity for identifying problem use of tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana. Findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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