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Clinical Practice, Health Policy & Advocacy, Medical Education, Medical Ethics, SGIM, Social Determinants of Health

Author Descriptions

As physicians, we have become unwilling participants in the documentation burden, both creating and bemoaning “note bloat.” We have used note templates, cut and paste, etc. to meet unreasonable and anachronistic expectations. We hope that this summary guides SGIM members in preparing notes that are not only less burdensome and more useful for the next clinician, but most importantly, for the patient.