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AAOS - Benefits of a Medical Scribe
Scribes have been used to document and record events for thousands of years. In modern medicine, the scribe’s function is to accompany the physician during a patient examination and document the visit in the patient’s medical chart.
In orthopaedics, a scribe is ideally either a physician’s assistant, nurse, or a certified athletic trainer who already understands the specialty. Less costly office staff members can also be trained as scribes, but may take longer to learn the medical terminology. Once trained, however, they are useful adjuncts on busy days or for covering vacations.
Patients who are paired with Care Navigators report feeling less anxiety, and an increased ability to self-manage their conditions between visits. And providers report increased job satisfaction from improved efficiency, and knowing their patients have access to care teams, and strategic support.