Residents Spend More Time on Computer Than With Patients

From Medscape (subsumption required). hat tip: Dr. Menadue:

Medical residents at a Swiss teaching hospital spend almost half of their workday on the computer, which is approximately three times the amount of time they spend with patients, according to a study published online today in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

On average, residents spend 1.7 hours per day with patients, compared with 5.2 hours using computers, and 13 minutes doing both.

The findings, reported by Nathalie Wenger, MD, from the Department of Internal Medicine at Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland, and colleagues mirror patterns seen among internal medicine residents in the United States.

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