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February 1, 1964

The PAPER BLITZ and the Physician's Time

JAMA. 1964;187(5):29-30. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060180081044

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Abstract

"There is an involuntary conspiracy in the United States to bury the physician beneath a deluge of charts, forms, and other paper work," according to Carl F. Baumeister, MD, of the department of internal medicine at MacNeal Memorial Hospital and the Suburban Medical Center in Berwyn, Ill.

Not only is Baumeister distressed at "this constantly growing mountain of paper work," but, he told The Journal, he has devised a system whereby it can be reduced. The time spent in paper work must be reduced, he said, because, "the only commodity that the physician has to offer the public is his time and whenever he is doing work on charts and forms he is not practicing medicine."

EPT (Effective Physician Time) Baumeister calculates, amounts to about 101/2 hours per day per physician. This is the figure remaining after subtracting from 24 hours time for such essentials as "sleeping at least a

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