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Can better patient portal management help improve physician burnout?

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A new study tested a different way to handle patient portal message inflow at a medical practice.

Primary care physicians are often inundated with messages from patients. Is there a better way for practices to manage this patient communication to help improve practice workflows and free up physician time?

And can it also help alleviate burnout among doctors?

A small study conducted at a primary care practice in Philadelphia may provide an answer for some practices: Tapping certified medical assistants to take first crack and filtering and routing such patient portal message. The authors found that it helped response time, lessened the flood of messages into physician inboxes and had other positive, interesting impacts.

The results of the study — authored by Jennifer N. Lee, MD, FAAFP; Laura Kurash, MD, Max Yang and Joseph Teel, MD, FAAFP — were published in the Annals of Family Medicine in May.

Medical Economics recently sat down with Lee to discuss the study findings. Lee is medical director at Penn Family Care and vice chair of clinical operations at the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also assistant professor of clinical family member at University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.

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