Relationship Between Clerical Burden and Characteristics of the Electronic Environment With Physician Burnout and Professional Satisfaction

The following study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings evaluated associations between the electronic environment, clerical burden, and burnout in US physicians. Physicians across all specialties were surveyed regarding use of electronic health records (EHRs), computerized physician order entry (CPOE), and electronic patient portals. Burnout was measured using validated metrics. The study found that physicians’ satisfaction with their EHRs and CPOE was generally low. Physicians who used EHRs and CPOE were less satisfied with the amount of time spent on clerical tasks and were at higher risk for professional burnout. This study shows that computerized physician order entry is an independent predictor of burnout.