Internal medicine residents spend at least 5 hours per day entering patients' data into electronic health records (EHRs), researchers say.
The finding adds to a growing body of evidence that computers gobble a huge proportion of healthcare providers' time.
"[T]o address resident satisfaction and thus improve motivation to provide patient-centered quality care, reducing the time residents spend on clinical documentation should be a priority," write Lu Chen, a medical student at the Department of Medicine, New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, and colleagues.
Their study appeared in an article published in the February issue of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education.
Whereas some evidence suggests EHRs can improve the quality of care, the amount of time physicians spend on the records is emerging as an important issue. For example, switching from paper charts to electronic ones reduced productivity among residents by 30% at a hospital in Moreno Valley, California, researchers reported previously.