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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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The Impaired Physician

The Impaired Physician

(p.160) 9 The Impaired Physician
First Do No Self Harm

Fraser C. Todd

Oxford University Press

It is estimated that between 7 and 12 percent of physicians may suffer health problems that impair their practice. Many either present late for help or do not present for help at all, despite the obvious risks for public health and the fact that doctors have better outcomes for a range of health problems and are frequently able to return to practice with appropriate treatment. This chapter provides an overview of physician impairment focusing particularly on its prevalence, the underlying health problems that lead to it, and its detection, treatment, and prevention.

Keywords:   physician health, physician impairment, drug use & abuse, psychosocial disorders, assessment, treatment, prevention, professional support

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