The use of electronic health records and computerized physician order entry is resulting in lower doctor satisfaction and higher rates of professional burnout, according to the results of a national survey of practicing physicians.

Results of the study, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, showed that doctors’ satisfaction with their EHRs and CPOE was generally low because of the amount of time spent on clerical tasks, and as a result, those physicians were at higher risk for professional burnout. In addition, researchers found that use of CPOE was the characteristic of the electronic practice environment most strongly associated with the risk of burnout.

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