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Physician performance and productivity: The threat of physician burnout and the role of disruptive solutions in mitigating emotional and financial costs


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Physician burnout among healthcare professionals is a significant challenge affecting healthcare practice and quality of care. This paper stipulates that, the only way to effectively combat this dilemma is to address the matter publicly, directly and through institution-wide engagement. This paper examines the factors contributing to clinicians’ stress and the impact. While the authors cite the way in which technology is introduced into clinical practice as one of several culprits, they profess the digitization of clinical practices has the potential to mitigate burnout. An array of examples across the clinical workflow are presented followed by recommendations on adoption and adaptation.

Keywords: clinical decision support; cognitive load; electronic health records; medical imaging; patient outcomes; physician burnout; remote healthcare delivery; technology in healthcare; virtual cognitive assistants

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Trust NHS, Senior (Hon) Lecturer Imperial School of Medicine, Associate Director Medical Education LNWHT, Member Joint Committee for Patient Safety RCOG, LNWH 2: Global Healthcare, Strategu and Solutions Organisation, HP Inc

Publication date: January 1, 2019

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