"A lot of doctors are going to say, 'God almighty, it's not enough to be a brilliant clinician? You're telling me I've got to be a financial counselor or social worker on top of that or I'm doing something wrong? Give me a break!'" said John Banja, a medical errors expert at Emory University.Of course, the lack of social history (or many other aspects of the patient's history) is the predictable consequence of shortened office visits, increased administrative burdens, shift-style medical care, and the push to see more patients in less time. It's hard to cover all the bases in seven minutes.
One thing I'm sure of, however, is a doctor's time with a patient is finite. For every click on a computerized quality check-box, we're stealing from the face-to-face time with the patient. Instead of appreciating this fact, our governmental overlords have consistently swollen the number of "quality measures" from 74 in 2007, 119 in 2008, 153 in 2009, to a whopping 179 in 2010. I figure at this rate, using linear regression, we will have about 319 measures by 2014, the same year another 30 million uninsured will be joining our new health care system.
And the government will be proud we're providing such "quality care."
Click. Click. Click.
Never mind these "quality" clicks might just be doing more harm than good.