Study: Doctors in training spend less time than ever with patients

Medical interns spend only about 12% of their work days with patients, largely due to restricted hours and the demands of electronic record-keeping, according to a study in The Journal of General Internal Medicine. That works out to eight minutes per patient -- far less than previous generations of young doctors spent on face-to-face interactions and too little time to develop necessary clinical skills, some veteran physicians say. "We have to ask ourselves if spending more time on electronic medical records than with patients is time well spent," said Dr. Leonard S. Feldman of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, an author of the study.

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