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Depression May be Overlooked when Using Electronic Medical Records | Psych Central News

By TRACI PEDERSEN, http://psychcentral.com

If you have three or more chronic medical conditions, you are only half as likely to receive treatment for depression if your doctor uses electronic medical records as opposed to one who uses paper-based records, according to a new University of Florida study.

“While we don’t know why EMRs are associated with lower odds of depression treatment in patients with multiple conditions, we think that either they reduce the amount of interaction between patients and physicians or they focus a physician’s attention on physical health issues, pushing mental health issues off the radar screen,” said lead investigator Jeffrey Harman, an associate professor.

“There is some evidence that typing these notes into the computer is actually reducing the amount of time that physicians and patients talk to each other during visits,” Harman said. “If the physician only has time to address two out of three conditions, depression may be the one that they’re not talking about.”

via Depression May be Overlooked when Using Electronic Medical Records | Psych Central News.

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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