Seven Habits for Reducing Work After Clinic

Sumana Reddy, MD; FAAFP, Peter Rippey, MD, CAQSM; Arnold Cuenca, DO, CAQSM, FAAFP; Sumi Sexton, MD; Troy Fiesinger, MD, FAAFP; Kenneth G. Adler, MD, MMM; Brandi White


Fam Pract Manag. 2019;26(3):10-16. 

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Balance, Tradeoffs, and Agency

In the desire to be more efficient and reduce work after clinic, we have to be careful about what we may be sacrificing in the process. If we're gaining efficiency by for-going pleasantries with patients or staff, by taking shortcuts that could affect quality, or by working so hard that we're at risk of burnout, then we've gone too far. Efficiency isn't everything, and it requires balance and tradeoffs.

It can be challenging to figure out the habits that will serve you best in your aim to improve efficiency and reduce work after clinic. But the bottom line is this: Physicians are not powerless. Although reforms are needed at the national level and perhaps even within our own organizations, we do have agency. Believing we can affect our circumstances and make things better is the first step to actually doing so.