Physician burnout is reaching crisis proportions in the United States (1). Studies have noted a rising prevalence of emotional fatigue. One study suggested that more than half of physicians in some disciplines are burned out and that this proportion is increasing. The number of clinicians leaving the workforce represents a major concern to health care professionals and to the health of the nation. Many factors contribute, but the physician's interaction with electronic health records (EHRs) is especially important now that EHRs have been broadly adopted across the country.
Although EHRs have great potential to improve care, they may also have ...
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N. Lance Downing,
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California (N.L.D.)
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts (D.W.B.)
University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, California (C.A.L.)
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Corresponding Author: N. Lance Downing, MD, 1265 Welch Road, Room X265, Stanford, CA 94035; e-mail, LDowning@stanford.
Current Author Addresses: Dr. Downing: 1265 Welch Road, Room X265, Stanford, CA 94035.
Dr. Bates: Harvard University, 1620 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120.
Dr. Longhurst: University of California, San Diego, 9560 Towne Centre Drive #100, San Diego, CA 92121.
Author Contributions: Conception and design: N.L. Downing, C.A. Longhurst.
Analysis and interpretation of the data: N.L. Downing, C.A. Longhurst.
Drafting of the article: N.L. Downing, D.W. Bates, C.A. Longhurst.
Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: N.L. Downing, D.W. Bates, C.A. Longhurst.
Final approval of the article: N.L. Downing, D.W. Bates, C.A. Longhurst.
Administrative, technical, or logistic support: D.W. Bates, C.A. Longhurst.
Collection and assembly of data: N.L. Downing, C.A. Longhurst.
This article was published at Annals.org on 8 May 2018.