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Study links stress from EHR use to physician burnout

December 6, 2018

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Doctor use of electronic health records is causing stress that is strongly associated with physician burnout, according to a new study.

That’s the conclusion of an analysis of results from a 2017 Rhode Island Department of Health survey in which 4,197 practicing physicians in the state were surveyed on their EHR use.

Of the 1,792 doctors who responded to the survey (a 43 percent response rate), 26 percent reported experiencing physician burnout.

Researchers at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School and other organizations conducted the analysis of the survey results, which were published on Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

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