Physician Impairment By Substance Abuse

O'connor P, Spickard A. Physician impairment by substance abuse. Medical Clinics of North America 1997;81(4):1037-52.

Department of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut (PGO)

Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, (AS)
Nashville, Tennessee

Because of their unique responsibilities, physicians are under close societal scrutiny concerning their physical and mental functioning. Physician impairment refers to situations in which they are rendered unable to perform their professional responsibilities adequately because of a variety of health problems, including medical disease, psychiatric problems, or substance abuse. This article focuses exclusively on physician impairment because of substance abuse.

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Physician Impairment by Substance Abuse