ERIC Number: ED308741
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
DOD Health Care. Extent to which Military Physicians Perform Administrative Tasks. Report to the Chairman, Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
A review was conducted of what the military services have done to determine the extent to which military physicians perform routine administrative and clerical tasks, and what the services have done to solve the problem. It was found that there is general agreement within the Department of Defense (DOD) and the military services that physicians are performing clerical and administrative tasks and that this detracts from clinical practice time and adversely affects physician productivity. Although the full extent of the administrative support problem and its effects are unknown, DOD health care professionals generally agree that it is a serious matter requiring priority attention. Each service has initiated or planned various actions to address the issue, but the impact of these actions may not be felt for a long time. The following topics are included: (1) background, objectives, scope and methodology of the review; (2) DOD and the services recognize the problem; (3) services' attempts to define the problem (Army, Navy, and Air Force); (4) DOD efforts to deal with the administrative support issue; and (5) conclusion. It is noted that providing adequate staff support could be a long-term project requiring multi-year budgetary commitments as well as monitoring to ensure effective implementation. (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.