A study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association uncovered correlations between EMR function and the stress, satisfaction and burnout experienced by primary care doctors. Researchers found that physicians working at clinics that use moderate-function EMRs had a higher rate of burnout and are more stressed than those at facilities with low-function EMRs. "Our finding that physician-reported stress was highest in the moderate-use group 'made sense' for those practices in which some of the functions were on paper and some in the electronic record or for those without a fully functioning EMR," according to lead researcher Dr. Stewart Babbott of the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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