Sarah Hill
Measuring the Workload of Primary Care Doctors

SchoolHudson High School


ProgramScience


MentorMichael Rabovsky, MD


DepartmentFamily Medicine at Beachwood Family Health Center


Research
Measuring the Workload of Primary Care Doctors
Hypothesis
Internists and family doctors receive similar amounts of paperwork and EPIC in-basket messages; pediatricians receive slightly less. The number of combined paper messages and EPIC in-basket messages for each physician would be roughly directly proportional to the number of patient visits that physician conducted.
Methodology
Collect and copy paperwork received by two pediatricians, two internists, and three family doctors. Categorize paperwork received by individual physicians using EPIC categories and count number of messages per category. Obtain a number of annual received EPIC in-basket messages per doctor. Obtain a number of annual patient visits per physician. Interview individual physicians regarding their perceptions of received paperwork and EPIC in-basket messages. Devise a spreadsheet for the data.
Outcomes
Possible correlation of 5 between amount of paperwork and EPIC in-basket messages received and number of appointments in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine. Family Medicine doctors receive the most paperwork and EPIC in-basket messages, internists receive slightly less, and pediatricians receive significantly less than the other two departments.