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First Do No Self HarmUnderstanding and Promoting Physician Stress Resilience$
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Charles Figley, Peter Huggard, and Charlotte Rees

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383263

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383263.001.0001

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How Doctors Become Patients

How Doctors Become Patients

(p.171) 10 How Doctors Become Patients
First Do No Self Harm

Hatcher Simon

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to describe why doctors present differently to other professionals, how to recognize a doctor whose health is impaired, and what to do when this happens. Doctors distort the normal presentation of illness by having medical knowledge, delaying seeking treatment, and engaging in self-treatment. Working with disease and dying also causes anxiety. There is a gap between recognition of the problem of sick colleagues and action. Factors that contribute to this include difficulty recognizing when a colleagues are unwell, as they may be masked by junior staff or forgiven by peers and their absence may cause significant problems with work load. Legislation and screening programs may help encourage greater recognition of impaired doctors. The chapter ends with practical suggestions about how to have the difficult conversation with a colleague who may be impaired.

Keywords:   physician illness, self-diagnosis, self-treatment, detecting impairment, challenges in intervention

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