EHR Use Continues to Contribute to Physician Burnout

From EHRIntelligence:

For two specialties in particular — primary care and emergency medicine — more than half of respondents (57%) reported having personally experienced burnout, defined as “decreased enthusiasm for work, depersonalization, emotional exhaustion, and a low sense of personal accomplishment.” More than one-third of respondents (37%) knew of colleagues who had experienced physician burnout. A similar percentage expressed experiencing frustration as a result of their week on a daily or weekly basis.

In an interview with American Medical Association President Steve Stack, MD, earlier this year, the emergency physician spoke at length about the realities of physician burnout.

“Doctors will get behind things that support better quality of care and support them in their clinical practice. It’s the nonsensical stuff that makes it infuriating and challenging,” Stack told EHRIntelligence.com.

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