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Industry VoicesIts time to light a fire to stop physician burnout, starting with better EHRs

Shared by Radhika Narayanan | 0 0 0 | about 3 days ago

An undisputed fact is nearly half of all practicing physicians report feeling burned out. Electronic health record dissatisfaction is one of the biggest drivers. While theres some dispute as to which direction the trend line is pointing, the undisputed fact is nearly half of all practicing physicians report feeling burned out.The psychological phenomenon of burnout is known to be a catalyst for depression, alcohol and drug abuse, and in extreme cases, even suicide. (Experts estimate that between 300-400 physicians in the United States take their lives every yearthe highest rate of any profession, and nearly double that of the general population.)In and of itself, this is an enormously troubling statistic. It also is part of a larger challenge confronting the U.S. healthcare system: an impending shortage of about 120,000 physicians by the year 2030, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. The potential consequences of such a shortage are profound.

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