Ridiculous Study of the Week: EHRs Are Problematic

You wanted answers to physician burnout? Well, you got it! Some of the most brilliant research minds in the world decided to rack their brains and find the source of the problem. And here are the conclusions from the JAMA article:

HIT (Health Information Technology) -related stress is measurable, common (about 70% among respondents), specialty-related, and independently predictive of burnout symptoms. 


Wow! Now why haven’t doctors known this? And why haven’t doctors been complaining about this?

Okay, I can’t even go on with my sarcasm anymore. My tongue is actually hurting my cheek.

It probably took years to do this simple study and for what? I’ll tell you for what. It allows the SEVEN authors of:

Physician stress and burnout: the impact of health information technology 

Rebekah L Gardner, Emily Cooper, Jacqueline Haskell, Daniel A Harris, Sara Poplau, Philip J Kroth, Mark Linzer

…to win “Ridiculous Study of the Week”. Congrats, everyone!

P.S. One last thing. To be fair, EHRs are not really the issue. It’s the system that makes doctors do useless clicks and metrics on the EHR that kills them. Add a tremendous amount of patients that exacerbates the amount of documents to click on and you have a recipe for disaster. I don’t have that issue in Direct Primary Care. I only have 600 patients and my Atlas.MD EHR is awesome, which makes my life so much easier.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “Ridiculous Study of the Week: EHRs Are Problematic

  1. Jennifer Hollywood
    January 23, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    And this was only one state. And only half the doctors participated in the survey. Maybe doctors elsewhere are happier? (sarcasm) But just MAYBE studies like these will start getting people to listen and actually DO something to fix things.

    • PW
      January 24, 2019 at 6:32 am

      Don’t hold your breath ????

  2. RSW
    January 23, 2019 at 8:48 am

    You’re being too harsh on the authors. It’s always good to have data documenting what seems obvious to most of us. If nothing else, it demonstrates the complete failure of the AAFP to represent the interests of the membership – not that they give a flying f**k.

    • Steve O'
      January 23, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      Actually, the data shows that they give <0.01f**ks (10 mF), significance p<0.05.

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