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Journal Article

Physician burnout in the electronic health record era: are we ignoring the real cause?

Downing L, Bates DW, Longhurst CA. Annals of internal medicine. 2018;169:50-51.

Professional burnout is a pervasive problem among health care workers that can have serious effects on patient safety. Despite the recent focus on how poor design of information technology contributes to burnout, this commentary advocates for a broader approach to addressing the problem. The authors suggest that regulation and the associated billing requirements are the root causes of the documentation burden and offer recommendations to address them.