George L. Ackerman, MD; Louis L. Sanders, MD
To the Editors: In their recent article, Hayward and coworkers (1) define scutwork, list examples of scut cited by their residents, and note that the effect of such chores is to decrease job satisfaction among house officers. The study results suggest that both the faculty and residents feel that scutwork should be minimized, but the authors recognize that "it may prove difficult to identify persons who can do these tasks."
We have been able to identify such persons and to minimize scut by appointing "health technicians" to each of the six ward teams at the McClellan Veterans Administration Hospital, a
Ackerman GL, Sanders LL. Reducing Scutwork. Ann Intern Med. ;115:914. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-11-914_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(11):914.
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