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Doctors spending too much time on administrative work, study finds

Doctors spending too much time on administrative work, study finds

Does it sometimes feel as if your doctor is spending more time looking at the computer than engaging with you?

New American Medical Association research proves it is probably not in your head.

Nearly half of a doctor's day is now filled by typing patient information into electronic medical record systems or doing other administrative work, according to a study by the medical association and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health care system.

So while electronic medical records are keeping better track of patient data, it is putting extra stress on the country's physicians.

The study results were published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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