Brenzer DG. Managing substance use disorders in resident physicians. J Am Osteopath Assoc 1993;93(2):217. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.1918.104.22.168.
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Alcohol and other drug abuse is the leading cause of physician impairment. Prompt identification and early intervention by colleagues are the most effective ways of dealing with this problem in hospital residents. The author offers guidelines for recognizing the progressive signs of trouble inadvertently sent out by abusers, as well as effective ways in which colleagues can intervene. Also offered are steps in evaluation and treatment that can effectively address these illnesses and prevent compromising patient care.
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