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US cancer care worse due to more paperwork

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7296.1201/a (Published 19 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1201
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. San Francisco

    US cancer specialists are calling for reform of administrative measures designed to reduce healthcare fraud that have resulted in so much paperwork that patient care is suffering, according to results from a survey presented earlier this week.

    The survey of more than 2500 clinical oncologists showed that the amount of time they spend filling out paperwork and documenting patient care has increased more than fourfold over the past 25 years.

    The average time spent with patients remained constant over this period, but the doctors taking part in the survey considered that far more …

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