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Estimation of the Time Needed to Deliver the 2020 USPSTF Preventive Care Recommendations in Primary Care

π—§π—΅π—Άπ—»π—Έπ™π˜Όπ™Žπ™. According to a study in the American Journal of Public Health, following the checklist recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force would take 8.6 hours of a doctor’s time each day.  That doesn’t include implementing other guidelines for chronic and acute care, or administrative work.  

This is a global phenomenon – with British researchers saying that guideline makers should consider β€œthe time needed to treat” β€” how much time it takes to implement a guideline.

In our market research studies, physicians repeatedly tell us that they are incredibly pressed for time.  It’s eye-opening to learn that guidelines intended to help facilitate the quality of care are so time-consuming to implement.

How can we as an industry help with this?  We’d love to hear what you think!


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