Effects of the electronic health record on job satisfaction of academic pediatric faculty

Abigail M. Kissel, Katherine Maddox, Jenny K.R. Francis, Marlon I. Diaz, Rinarani Sanghavi, Devika Rao, Christopher Menzies, Christoph Lehmann

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Abstract

Objective(s): To evaluate the association of Electronic Health Record (EHR) skills and available support with job satisfaction for pediatric faculty at an academic institution. To identify key opportunities for improvement. Study Design: Cross-sectional study of pediatric academic faculty physicians using a REDCap survey to inquire about faculty EHR skills, support services, and associations between EHR workflow and job satisfaction. Results were analyzed using bivariate testing. Results: The majority of respondents (n = 127, response rate 37%), rated the effect of EHR workflow on job satisfaction as neutral (36%) or negative (44%). Users with more EHR skills were more likely to indicate a positive effect of the EHR on overall job satisfaction (p = 0.019). 7% of respondents had none of the EHR skills queried and few felt that initial training (35%) or the Information Technology department (26%) were useful in acquiring skills. Two similar divisions, one with three and one without Physician Builders (providers with specialized training in EHR personalization), had statistically significant different EHR satisfaction ratings (p = 0.0012). Conclusions: Most faculty indicated a negative/neutral effect of the EHR on their overall job satisfaction. Users who indicated more EHR skills had a higher satisfaction rating. Existing training and support were not helpful to users. The division with the most Physician Builders ranked highest in satisfaction. We speculate that 1) adding EHR skills could increase overall job satisfaction and 2) adding Physician Builder resources could increase skills and satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104881
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
Volume168
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Burnout
  • EHR user experience
  • Job satisfaction
  • Pediatric faculty
  • Physician builders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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