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).
|Commitee:||Fisher, Deborah, Kavar, Louis|
|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|
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