An Ethical Case for Medical Scribes
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Philosophy and Religious Studies
This article addresses ethical concerns with the use of electronic health records (EHRs) by physicians in clinical practice. It presents arguments for two claims. First, requiring physicians to maintain patient EHRs for medically unnecessary tasks is likely contributing to increased burnout, decreased quality of care, and potential risks to patient safety. Second, medical institutions have ethical reasons to employ medical scribes to maintain patient EHRs. Finally, this article reviews central objections to employing medical scribes and provides responses to each.
Schwan, D. (2022). An Ethical Case for Medical Scribes. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 31(1), 95–104. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0963180121000840
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
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