Copying and Pasting in EMR does not result in improved quality of care.

A retrospective study of more than 5000 patients with diabetes was completed at to determine the relationship between copied lifestyle counseling documentation and glucose control.

The study demonstrated that copying and pasting was not associated with improvement in care, while the original note can directly be related to improvement in quality of care.

For the full report see http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/archinternmed.2011.219v1