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Medical scribe use linked to lower physician burnout

Key clinical point: A retrospective study suggests the incorporation of medical scribes into an outpatient oncology setting may lower physician burnout and improve patient care.

Major finding: Physicians with a scribe experienced a 12.1% reduction in overall average patient visit duration compared with visit times before scribe integration (P less than .0001).

Study details: A retrospective analysis of 129 physicians with and without medical scribes.

Disclosures: The study was funded by the Stanford Cancer Center. One study author reported financial affiliations with SurgVision, Vergent Biotechnology, Novadaq Technologies, and LI-COR Biosciences.


Gao RW et al. J Oncol Pract. 2019 Dec 5. doi: 10.1200/JOP.19.00307.