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Doctors who doctor self, family, and colleagues. WMJ 2008 Sep;107(6):279-84

Date

10/22/2008

Pubmed ID

18935895

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-52249115608   19 Citations

Abstract

Treating one's self, treating one's family, being a physician-patient, and taking care of colleagues and their families are aspects of the practice of medicine that are not often taught or discussed in any type of venue. They are not new issues. They have been considered since the earliest days of medicine. They are sometimes controversial issues, since physicians have been reluctant to set standards for themselves. This article reviews the prevalence of physicians' treatment of self and their families and the problems that may arise, as well as the regulations that have been developed. It also examines the reluctance of physicians to seek care and the consequences and the special needs of physician-patients. Finally, guidelines for providing care to self and colleagues are suggested. Further education for students and house staff is needed to enable physicians to appreciate the risks of self treatment and to know how to best care for themselves and their colleagues.

Author List

Krall EJ

Author

Edward J. Krall MD Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Psychiatry department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Family
Humans
Physician's Role
Physician-Patient Relations
Self Care
Self Medication