An interesting commentary (DI Rosenthal, A Verghese. NEJM 2016; 375: 1813-5) provides a closer glimpse into the meaning and nature of physicians’ work at this time.
- Medical students and residents spend 40-50% of their day in front of a computer & much of the rest of their day on the phone (coordinating care).
- Time spent with patients “has remained stable over the past six decades.”
- Flipping through the electronic record before seeing patients is commonplace but can lead to a ‘framing bias.’
- “Our attention is so frequently diverted from the lives, bodies, and souls of the people entrusted to our care”…”despite all the rhetoric about ‘patient-centered care,’ the patient is not at the center of things.”
- The authors equate the digital representation of the patient as an ‘iPatient.’
- Physicians are “resentful of the time required to transcribe and translate information.”
- Higher satisfaction is associated with perceptions of higher quality of care.
- The authors advocate working on “rebuilding our practices and physical spaces to promote human connections that can sustain us — between physicians and patients, physicians and physicians, and physicians and nurses.”
My take: The authors provide a closer glimpse of the problem showing how our digital health has hindered meaningful interactions that go to the heart of medicine –to provide comfort and care.
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