On the 100th Anniversary of WWI’s End, Lessons on Life in Health Care’s Trenches

November 9, 2018

(The Conversation) – As a practicing physician, I believe that many contemporary health professionals can relate to this experience. Though trained to focus on direct patient care, many find that they spend a remarkably high proportion of their time on activities that draw them away from patients – activities such as filling out electronic forms, wrangling with coding and billing requirements, and demonstrating compliance with rules and regulations. One study showed that nurses spend less than a third of their time actually caring for patients.

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