Sept. 7th, 2016
Weekly Chatter
EHRs & Physician Burnout
Physician burnout includes emotional exhaustion and a lack of meaning in work. In a 2012 study, over 45% of participants reported at least once symptom of physician burnout. Now that number is reported to be closer to 50%. One proposed reason for the increase is that electronic health records (EHRs) and clerical tasks are contributing to physician burnout. 

Studies show that the prevalence of physician burnout is significantly higher among physicians who use EHRs than among those who do not with more than half of the physician respondents reporting that EHRs reduce both the time available for face-to-face patient interaction and the number of patients who can be seen each day.

Medical organizations are working to improve physician burnout by working toward changing the system to remove unnecessary stress, teaching resilience training and coping skills to medical students, and instituting wellness committees whose responsbility it is to monitor the the mental health and well-being of practicing phyisicans.

Check out the following resources for more information on physician burnout and what is being done to reduce its prevalence.
E-Cigarette, Hookah Use on the Rise in Teens
According to the FDA, tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States, responsible for more than 480,000 deaths each year, and tobacco use is almost always initiated and established during adolescence. Cigarette smoking is down in kids, but use of e-cigarettes, hookahs and other tobacco products has increased dramatically. 

Although only about a fifth of 12th graders who use an e-cigarette use a nicotine substance according to a recent study, efforts to reduce e-cigarette use among young people may fail if they focus on the dangers of nicotine because most teen users do not believe they are using nicotine. Even without nicotine, inhaled products that contain flavorings can be damaging to the lung tissue and should not be considered safe for adolescents.

Adolescence is a time of rapid brain growth with hormonal changes that encourage risk taking so it is not uncommon for teens to be curious about tobacco and other drugs.

For helpful information on discussing adolescent risk-taking and the developing teen brain with your patients and their parents, check out the following ACPeds resources.
Why Marriage Matters #WeeklyBlogPost
A virtually universal human institution, children living with their own two married parents statistically enjoy better physical health, mental health and emotional well-being. In addition, the married individuals themselves experience better health and lower rates of injury, illness, and disability.

Click here for a list of  30 conclusions from social sciences that proclaim the importance of marriage and please, leave a comment! 

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