Stress is difficult to avoid in any job with high stakes, but when it comes to the medical profession, stress is not just harmful to the medical practitioners that experience it, it can have severe consequences for the patients being treated by an overly stressed doctor. A study revealed that 40% of doctors in the United States experience some kind physical, psychological or emotional burn out due to the intense demands of their work. That burn out manifests in a number of ways, from the extremes like a break down, to more alarming trends like trying to cut corners, or resorting to some kind of substance abuse to get through a typical workday.
In all of these scenarios, both the doctor and the patient lose out. There are obvious good intentions in trying to continue to work, especially when that work involves helping others. But admirable goals can do more harm than good when doctors involved are making mistakes or damaging themselves in the process, compromising their own careers in the long term.
Because of that, many in the medical practice have been trying to find ways to ease the stress of what is a naturally high pressure job. One of those ways is through the use of a Medical Scribe.
One of the biggest sources of stress in the medical profession is the need to multi-task at a very high level of performance. It’s not simply enough to see a patient, interview them, examine them, diagnose them, decide on a treatment and/or prescription, and ensure that the EHR is retrieved for cross referencing, then updated to reflect any new data. Because all these activities are centered around the health of a patient, they are all expected to be completed at the highest level of professionalism.
A Medical Scribe shares some of the responsibility in these matters, taking over the matters of data collection, note taking, and organizing. This gives doctors time to concentrate on the patient, without the need to rush through certain procedures to ensure that others are properly documented. It vastly reduces the number of elements doctors need to concentrate on at any given moment, and ensures that with the data component being given utmost attention by a specialist, nothing gets ignored, omitted, or erroneously recorded.
With less stress and more time, one of the most overlooked aspects of medicine—the well being of the doctor—gets some of the pressure relieved. And that benefits everyone.