In this time-motion study of hospitalists, only 17% of the day was spent in direct patient care, 25% communicating, and 34% with medical documentation. In addition, 16% of the time was spent doing more than 1 activity (multi-tasking). Those with higher patient loads spent the same amount of time in direct patient care, but spent less time communicating and documenting (abstract). Presumably streamlining communication and documentation processes may allow us to see more patients, or spend more time with our current ones.
Have you ever wondered if there’s a correlation between Gore-Tex® (Think: rain jacket material) and Social Media? No!? Well, I have… It turns out there may be more commonality between these topics than what one might imagine. You see, Bill Gore (the company’s founder and CEO) recognized a particular number in his manufacturing plants: 150. […]
I just heard. A colleague, a man of integrity and warmth, a hard-working physician with ideals, ethics and many valued contributions, has taken his own life. His perspectives may have differed from mine at times, but every interaction was infused with respect. He was a good man. Much has been written about the rate of […]
The question of appropriate ward garb is a problem for the ages. Compared to photo stills and films from the 1960s, the doctors of today appear like vagabonds. No ties, no lab coats, and scrub tops have become the norm for a number (a majority ?) of hospital-based docs—and even more so on the surgical […]