Weekly News Roundup: April 19, 2019
Physician burnout has been linked to an increase in medical errors, lower quality of care, and reduced work satisfaction. This week's news roundup focuses on physician burnout, the top burdens facing physicians today, interventions that are helping, and how the digitization of heatlhcare has exacerbated the problem.
Death by a Thousand Clicks: Where Electronic Health Records Went Wrong
The pain radiated from the top of Annette Monachelli’s head, and it got worse when she changed positions. It didn’t feel like her usual migraine. The 47-year-old Vermont attorney turned innkeeper visited her local doctor at the Stowe Family Practice twice about the problem in late November 2012, but got little relief. Read More
Physician Burnout and the EHR: Addressing Five Top Burdens
The digitization of healthcare promises significant improvement, including more efficient and more personalized care at lower costs, but it has also brought challenges to the industry. Notably, clinicians have reported feeling burdened by the reporting demands of EHRs-responsibilities that take away from their time and focus on patients. Read More
Two Kinds of Interventions Reduce Physician Burnout
Physician burnout has reached crisis proportions, but there are several interventions that can ease the suffering, a recent review of the scientific literature on burnout shows. More than half of physicians struggle with burnout, according to the review article published this month in the Journal of Internal Medicine . Read More
Fix the “Pebble in the Shoe” Problems to Cut Physician Burnout
Nothing puts a hitch in your step like a pebble in your shoe. On the other hand, few problems in life are as easy to fix. Take off your clodhopper, knock out the little stone and, voila. It feels like you're walking on a cloud. Read More
Are Your Physicians Suffering from Burnout or Moral Injury?
A pair of doctors believe they have pinpointed the cause of physician burnout symptoms. Research indicates that nearly half of physicians nationwide are experiencing burnout symptoms, and a study published in October found burnout increases the odds of physician involvement in patient safety incidents, unprofessionalism, and lower patient satisfaction. Read More