Journal article

An economic evaluation of the costs of training a medical scribe to work in Emergency Medicine

Katherine J Walker, Will Dunlop, Danny Liew, Margaret P Staples, Matt Johnson, Michael Ben-Meir, Hamish Gordon Rodda, Ian Turner, David Phillips

Emergency Medicine Journal | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To undertake a cost analysis of training medical scribes in an ED. METHODS: This was a pilot, observational, single-centre study at Cabrini ED, Melbourne, Australia, studying the costs of initiating a scribe programme from the perspective of the hospital and Australian Health sector. Recruitment and training occurred between August 2015 and February 2016 and comprised of a prework course (1 month), prework training sessions and clinical training shifts for scribe trainees (2-4 months, one shift per week) who were trained by emergency physicians. Costs of start-up, recruitment, administration, preclinical training, clinical training shifts and productivity changes for trainers were..

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