Electronic Health Records Linked To Physician Burnout

TIME (6/27, Oaklander) reports the increasing use of electronic health records is a contributing factor to physician burnout, according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Mayo Clinic researchers found a strong link between time spent doing “digital work” and burnout.

HealthLeaders Media (6/27, Shanafelt) reports the study’s lead author Dr. Tait Shanafelt of the Mayo Clinic said in a news release, “Although electronic health records, electronic prescribing, and computerized physician order entry have been touted as ways to improve quality of care, these tools also create clerical burden, cognitive burden, frequent interruptions and distraction—all of which can contribute to physician burnout.”

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— “Doctors Are Burned Out by Busywork: Study,” Mandy Oaklander, Time, June 27, 2016.

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