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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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Healthy Docs = Healthy Patients

Healthy Docs = Healthy Patients

Arguably the Most Important Reason to Care about Physician Health

(p.193) 11 Healthy Docs = Healthy Patients
First Do No Self Harm

Erica Oberg

Felipe Lobelo

Robert Sallis

Erica Frank

Oxford University Press

This chapter reports data that provide a compelling argument for ensuring that physicians maintain as healthy a lifestyle as possible. Studies have shown that physicians who exercise more, improve their nutritional practices, and avoid tobacco use are more likely to counsel their patients about these lifestyle choices, and their patients are more likely to follow that advice. Healthy personal practices improve one’s own health and professional performance, thereby healthy, active lifestyles are an efficient and effective strategy to help ourselves and our patients simultaneously.

Keywords:   physician health, professional performance, healthy behaviors, physician as role model, patient counseling, patient health

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