Interns Spend Even Less Time With Their Patients

This fascinating time-motion study of interns is compared with results from a similar study in 1989.  Despite the fact that current interns spent much less time in the hospital, the percentage of time spent directly with patients decreased from about 20% to about 12%.  No one will be surprised that 40% of their time was spent in front of a computer screen.– Laura Willett, MD

Block L, Habicht R, Wu AW, Desai SV, Wang K, Novello Silva K, Niessen T, Oliver N, Feldman L. In the Wake of the 2003 and 2011 Duty Hours Regulations, How Do Internal Medicine Interns Spend Their Time? J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Aug; 28(8): 1042–1047.

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