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Time Spent on Clinical Documentation: Is Technology a Help or a Hindrance?—Reply

Amy S. Oxentenko, MD; Colin P. West, MD, PhD; Joseph C. Kolars, MD
Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(14):1276-1277. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.229.
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We appreciate the insightful comments by Doll and Arora relating to our article on how internal medicine residents spend their time on inpatient services, in which we found that 67.9% of residents reported spending in excess of 4 hours daily on documentation, while only 38.9% reported spending this amount of time in direct patient contact.1 Although feedback on documentation may increase the educational value of this indirect patient care activity, it is infrequently provided.

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Amy S. Oxentenko, MD; Colin P. West, MD, PhD; Joseph C. Kolars, MD
Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(14):1276-1277. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.229.
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