September 3, 2019

EHR efficiency, usability, stress differ by physician gender

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor’s Note

There are gender differences in how physicians perceive EHR-related stress, satisfaction, and usability, finds this study.

Of 25 ICU physicians who participated in the study, 48% were men and 52% were women.

Overall task performance scores were similar, but men reported significantly higher perceived EHR workload stress and frustration than women.

Women reported significantly greater satisfaction with an EHR’s ease of use than men and showed a higher efficiency in completion time.

Understanding the reasons for these gender-based differences may help reduce burnout and improve physician performance, efficiency and satisfaction with EHR use, the researchers say.

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