Scribes and Wellness Programs: Joint Commission Looks at Ways to Decrease Provider Stress and Burnout

May 23, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​Ways to reduce provider stress and burnout in order to improve patient care are the focus of several articles in the May 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. The use of medical scribes appears to be an effective way to improve clinicians' work lives, according to one study. The study looked at a medical scribe program deployed in nine non-resident-supported clinics at a medical center in Minneapolis. The scribes had no clinical duties, but supported physicians by charting physician-patient encounters. The vast majority (90.2%) of respondent physicians said they found the use of scribes to be valuable.

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