From this pearl of wisdom from one of the greatest American physicians, we can understand the importance of time in a physician’s work life. Duty to the patient is a professional responsibility that predominantly occupies a physician’s calendar. Optimal use of physicians’ time can save many lives.
However, in reality, a physician’s workday is not spent entirely on treating patients. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2016 revealed that during the office day, physicians spent 27.0% of their total time on direct clinical face time with patients and 49.2% of their time on EHR and desk work. While in the examination room with patients, physicians spent 52.9% of the time on direct clinical face time and 37.0% on EHR and desk work. Some physicians who completed after-hours diaries reported 1 to 2 hours of after-hours work each night, devoted mostly to EHR tasks.
The Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2020 states that both internists and infectious disease specialists average between 18-19 hours per week on paperwork and administration.
Author Name: Nitish P.