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First Do No Self Harm: Understanding and Promoting Physician Stress Resilience

Charles Figley, Peter Huggard, and Charlotte Rees


Doctors are often accused of playing god because they must make life-and-death decisions. Professional ethics and standards of care require physicians to keep secrets; they must live with the memories of split-second decisions often made by instinct; and they can endure the multitude of patients’ pain and suffering every day, day after day. Added to patient-related pressures are the pressures and politics of the House of Medicine, along with a constant drumbeat to train more physicians due to the worldwide shortage of physicians. Yet physicians are human beings who feel pain like everyone else ... More

Keywords: physician, medical education, self-care, burnout, physician stress, resilience, House of Medicine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780195383263
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383263.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Figley, author
Tulane University and Graduate School of Social Work Professor and Associate Dean for Research, New Orleans, Louisiana

Peter Huggard, author
Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Charlotte Rees, author
Centre for Innovation in Professional Health Education and Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, Australia