The forensic evaluation and rehabilitation of the impaired physician

Daniel H. Angres*, Anish John, Kathy Bettinardi-Angres, Gaurava Agarwal

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Forensic, addiction, and occupational psychiatry have been the main subspecialties of psychiatry contributing to the assessment and treatment of impaired physicians. The assessment and rehabilitation of the impaired physician is a critical tool to achieving wellness for the affected physician. In addition, evaluating and treating physicians with disruptive behavior, professionalism concerns, substance use, and cognitive concerns help preserve a culture of wellness in the organizations and teams in which these physicians work. This article highlights the role of physician health programs, licensing boards, multidis-.

ciplinary comprehensive assessment teams, and treatment programs in the process of rehabilitating an impaired physician. It describes the components of a comprehensive evaluation of physicians that can accurately diagnosis the reason for impairment. Finally, key components of successful treatment programs and smooth re-entry to prac-tice are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-491
Number of pages5
JournalPsychiatric Annals
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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