Overreliance on templates may degrade clinical note quality

2021-07-21

The median length of clinical progress notes in EHRs increased from 401 words in 2009 to 642 words in 2018, and the median note redundancy rate increased from 47.9% to 58.8%, researchers reported in JAMA Network Open. Increased use of templates was linked to greater redundancy, and researchers cautioned that reliance on templates can "add potentially irrelevant information or introduce errors, as when used to insert default examination findings which were not actually observed."

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