Which makes for a better doctor: Checking the box or checking the patient?

It's all a matter of whether you strive for quality metrics... or quality consultations and outcomes, says this doctor

I pay about $500 per year for UpToDate, the online reference that helps me stay current on diagnostic criteria and best treatment options for most diseases I might run into in my practice. They also have a rich library of patient information, which I often print out during office visits.

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I don’t get any 'credit' for doing that, but I do if I print the (often paltry) patient handouts built into my electronic health record. That was how the rules governing meaningful use of subsidised computer technology for medical offices were written.

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