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Occup Med (Lond). 2015 Jan;65(1):49-53. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqu145. Epub 2014 Oct 21.

A survey of physicians' perceptions of their health care needs.

Author information

1
Division of Preventive, Occupational, and Aerospace Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA. steffen.mark@mayo.edu.
2
Division of Preventive, Occupational, and Aerospace Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Physicians may face unique challenges in accessing health care and managing their own health.

AIMS:

To evaluate physicians' perceptions of their health care needs and desired services.

METHODS:

A written survey, distributed and collected anonymously among attendees at a large primary care continuing medical education conference.

RESULTS:

The survey was given to 346 physicians and 141 (41%) responded. The majority of physicians (53%) reported having difficulty accessing health care and reverting to self-diagnosis and treatment (63%). Over 83% reported having or knowing a colleague who had a career-threatening illness and 42% had experienced concern about a colleague's ability to practise safely.

CONCLUSIONS:

Physicians as an occupational group have challenges in accessing health care, very commonly suffer career-limiting illnesses and revert to self-diagnosis and treatment. Programmes tailored to providing health care to physicians are needed.

KEYWORDS:

Cross-sectional study; health care; physician’s health; survey.

PMID:
25336036
PMCID:
PMC4425843
DOI:
10.1093/occmed/kqu145
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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