With many surgeons and nurses working from registries today, this might have something to do with the study. Under the related reading you can read about how general surgeons are moving from one hospital to another to make ends meet as they close up local practices that are not being able to withstand the pressures of the economy today, so the answer is to be mobile and work and work there. Nurses have been doing this for a long time and depending on the hospital and one’s length of stay, you may not see the same nurse twice. It makes one wonder too, can the physicians on the other hand identify their patients too? Good question.
If you had surgery done by a physician who works at several hospitals, this would tend to make sense as your surgeon could be working one week in New York, yet live in Pennsylvania and work there too, and also perhaps see patients in Maryland, just as short note here. To me, this makes sense to get the same screens available for patient data input as well, some doctors may be having to learn 5 or more electronic medical records systems too in the process. Not only are patients not knowing their doctors, but perhaps the doctors may not be totally familiar with the procedures and records systems if they are working between and at many hospitals. Common User Interface is a good option to bring some familiar screen standards to all. BD
Computer technology can cut into personalized patient care with complexity and complicated user interfaces
Hospital patients are rarely able to identify their doctors by name or to describe their roles in the patients’ care, a new survey has found.
Researchers at the University of Chicago interviewed 2,807 adults admitted to the school’s hospital over a 15-month period. The patients were asked about the roles of the various physicians attending to them and to name the doctors on those teams. Medical teams consisted of three to four people, including medical students, residents and attending physicians.
Some 75 percent of the patients were unable to name a single doctor assigned to their care. Of the 25 percent who responded with a name, only 40 percent were correct. Those patients who claimed to understand the roles of their doctors were more likely to correctly identify at least one of their physicians.
Most Hospital Patients Unable to Identify Their Physicians, Survey Finds - NYTimes.com
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