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Study: Medical students track former patients

Residency Program Insider, July 29, 2016

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Most medical students use EHRs to track former patients, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers surveyed more than 100 fourth-year medical students and found that 96% accessed EHRs. About 85% said they did so to follow up on pending studies, confirm a diagnosis, or follow up on patient’s progress during treatment. About 40% said they just liked the patient and were curious to see how he or she was doing.

Of the students who tracked former patients, only 17% had ethical concerns about doing it. But nearly 93% thought it was beneficial from an educational perspective.

Source: JAMA Internal Medicine



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