Another Ridiculous Study of the Week: Scribes Help

This came from the AAFP News (AFP journal):

Study: Scribes Help Reduce Physicians’ Administrative Burden

A study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine, titled “Association of Medical Scribes in Primary Care with Physician Workflow and Patient Experience,” followed 18 primary care physicians at two practices for a year. Scribes, or paraprofessionals who transcribe clinical visit information into the electronic health records (EHRs) in real time under physician supervision, were assigned to participants in three-month rotations. The use of scribes resulted in significant reductions in EHR documentation time and significant improvements in productivity and job satisfaction. Specifically, use of scribes was associated with less self-reported time spent on after-hours and weekend EHR documentation, more time interacting with patients rather than a computer during visits, and greater likelihood of completing documentation by the day after an encounter occurred. Eleven of the 18 participating physicians said they would be willing to accept additional patients if they could hire a full-time scribe. For more information, go to https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20181018scribestudy.html.

Wait, help me out here.  They are staying that research shows that if someone does your work for you then you have less work?  Brilliant!

This is like saying that you can take pain medication after being punched in the f%cking face 1000 times and you will have less pain.  How about choosing not to get punched in the face in the first place?

(I also love how they got docs to sell their souls to pay for the scribe: “Eleven of the 18 participating physicians said they would be willing to accept additional patients if they could hire a full-time scribe.” LOL).

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