Journal article

Impact of scribes on emergency medicine doctors' productivity and patient throughput: multicentre randomised trial

Katherine Walker, Michael Ben-Meir, William Dunlop, Rachel Rosler, Adam West, Gabrielle O'Connor, Thomas Chan, Diana Badcock, Mark Putland, Kim Hansen, Carmel Crock, Danny Liew, David Taylor, Margaret Staples



OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the changes in productivity when scribes were used by emergency physicians in emergency departments in Australia and assess the effect of scribes on throughput. DESIGN: Randomised, multicentre clinical trial. SETTING: Five emergency departments in Victoria used Australian trained scribes during their respective trial periods. Sites were broadly representative of Australian emergency departments: public (urban, tertiary, regional referral, paediatric) and private, not for profit. PARTICIPANTS: 88 physicians who were permanent, salaried employees working more than one shift a week and were either emergency consultants or senior registrars in their final year of training..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The study was funded by Equity Trustees, the Phyllis Connor Memorial Fund, Cabrini Foundation, and Cabrini and supported by the Cabrini Institute. Funders had no role in study design or protocol, results, or write-up or manuscript submission decisions other than to provide funding. The researchers were independent of the funders.