Supply chain tasks cause stress for clinicians, survey finds

About 20 percent of clinicians report feeling stressed out by supply chain-related tasks, according to the fourth annual Cardinal Health Hospital Supply Chain Survey.

For its survey, Cardinal Health, fielded answers from 306 respondents from healthcare organizations during a two-week period in January. Respondents were frontline clinicians, hospital administrators, vice presidents, senior director, C-suite personnel or supply chain decision makers.

Five key findings:

1. Clinicians reported spending more than twice the amount of time they would like on supply chain-related tasks.

2. About 25 percent of supply chain decision-makers and about 20 percent of clinicians indicated supply chain tasks "stress them out."

3. Most frontline providers, 75 percent, said looking for supplies that should be readily available has the most negative effect on workplace productivity.

4. Nearly half of frontline providers, 49 percent, manually count and track supplies at their organizations. Of those frontline staff, 46 percent said the manual task had a "very" or "somewhat" negative impact on workplace productivity.

5. About 70 percent of respondents reported wasting supplies and overusing them as a significant problem. About 81 percent of department managers called this a significant problem.

Access the the full survey here.

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