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Why you should schedule a doctor's appointment for the morning

May 28, 2019 - 4:00 am
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KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you are scheduling an appointment with your doctor, it may be best to do it in the morning, especially if it is your family physician or pediatrician.

Studies have shown that these two specialties are most impacted by the move to electronic medical records, with the average family doctor or pediatrician spending one to two hours on the computer for every hour in the office seeing patients. 

According to a new report in a JAMA journal, your doctor may be so fatigued by mid-afternoon that they are less likely to order certain tests for screening and more likely to prescribe unnecessary prescriptions. They are essentially fatigued and not as sharp as they are in the morning. 

Physicians are not alone - it's a problem called decision fatigue. 

The same concept is used in business - provide the most challenging questions or expensive choices when the customer is tired.