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Study: Residents spend half of their shifts on computers

Residency Program Insider, May 27, 2016

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Residents spend considerably more time on the computer than with patients, according to a study published in Academic Medicine. Researchers shadowed first-, second-, and third-year general medicine residents at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and documented all their activities.

The researchers found that during their seven to 14 hour shifts, residents spent about 50% of their time using computers and only 9.4% interacting with patients. More than half of residents’ time on the computer was spent on documentation activities, such as writing, viewing, and reading notes. On average, residents spent more than two hours writing their own notes, compared to the 27 minutes spent reading notes composed by others.

Source: Academic Medicine



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