News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Less Time On Paperwork Means Healthier Patients

Less Time On Paperwork Means Healthier Patients And Happier Doctors - Gps

Spending less time meeting the demands of bureaucrats and more time seeing patients would result not only in increased health but happier doctors, says the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners.

Commenting on the Deloittes report on sustainable costings for general practice, College President Dr Helen Rodenburg pointed to the 35.7% of time the study says GPs spend on "non patient contact" activities. This does not include time spent on their own education and other professional development work.

This includes things such as correspondence, liaising with funders, and managing staff. "For Practice Nurses the figure is even higher - 65.2% of their time is spent doing something other than dealing directly with patients," Dr Rodenburg says, "though the non-contact activities reported for nurses do include some things with health benefits such as health promotion and education.

"But if the bureaucrats reduced their demands for paper, both GPs and Practice Nurses could spend more of their day with patients. In some cases that would mean a patient who needed a longer consultation would get one - perhaps to deal with preventative care rather than just the illness they presented with. That means health gains for the practice population.

"And it would also mean GPs could spend that time seeing a greater number of patients - reducing the doctor shortage in some areas and meaning more efficient and productive use of the doctor's time. That means happier doctors, which means we'd have less trouble retaining experienced GPs and attracting new ones - all at no cost to anyone except the various government agencies who seem to thrive on shuffling paper."

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news