Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Predictors of reactivation and gender differences at a physician health program by age, marital status, primary presenting problem, referral source, and referral status
by Hotchkiss, Nahid F., Ph.D., Capella University, 2008, 105; 3297417
Abstract (Summary)

Physician burnout is a current problem that is well acknowledged in the medical and psychological literature (Maslach, 2003; Muldary, 1983). The Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) provides medical, psychiatric assessment referrals, monitoring, and peer support for physicians who need assistance. Physicians presenting for voluntary, mandated treatment, or support at CPHP identify symptoms associated with stress and lack of well-being that if left untreated, could adversely affect their ability to practice medicine safely (Early & Gendel, 2006), and may impair professionalism (West and Shanafelt, 2007). Physicians who return to CPHP after a period of inactivation are referred to as reactivated clients. This study examined characteristics of reactivated physicians, the possibility of predicting future reactivation, and gender differences seen in CPHP clients during 1997-2007. The majority of physicians who availed themselves of CPHP's services did not reactivate. However, older physicians with physical problems had a much higher risk of reactivation than younger physicians. Those who reactivated returned, on average, within three years. More women came to CPHP for psychiatric, family, and stress problems than men. More women were self-referred than men. Conversely, more men were referred to CPHP than women by the Board of Medical Examiners (BME).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Crawford, Theresa
Commitee: Fisher, Deborah, Kavar, Louis
School: Capella University
Department: School of Psychology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 69/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Occupational psychology, Health care
Keywords: Burnout, Colorado Physician Health Program, Empathy, Gender, Patient quality of care, Physician health programs, Professionalism, Reactivation, Referral source, Stress, Well-being, Women
Publication Number: 3297417
ISBN: 978-0-549-45452-6
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