Psychiatrically Impaired Medical Practitioners: An Overview with Special Reference to Impaired Psychiatrists

  title={Psychiatrically Impaired Medical Practitioners: An Overview with Special Reference to Impaired Psychiatrists},
  author={Andrew Wilson and A. Rosen and P. Randal and A. Pethebridge and D. Codyre and D. Barton and P. Norrie and P. McGeorge and Lynette Rose},
  journal={Australasian Psychiatry},
  pages={10 - 6}
Objective: This paper will define and describe impairment in medical practitioners due to mental illness, with special reference to the specialty of psychiatry, and then review the prevalence and identification of impaired practitioners. Methods: The quantitative and qualitative evidence regarding the incidence and impact of medical practitioner impairment due to mental illness (and, to some extent, substance use), with special reference to impaired psychiatrists, is reviewed. Results: Medical… Expand
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