Physicians’ Health – a Narrative Review

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2014.0261-0265

german translation / full article

Jochen Gensichen, Sven Schulz, Katja Stengler, Marianne Großmann, Franziska Einsle, Andreé Rochfort

Keywords: Doctor Patient Relationship Self-Treatment Physician Health Doctor-Patients

Introduction: Doctors’ health has been researched internationally for several years and has also attracted increasing attention in Germany. With regards to the perspectives of ‘doctor as patient’ and ‘doctor as treating other doctors‘ we have examined whether or not there is a need for action in Germany.

Methods: We carried out a selective literature review, complemented by a thematic guided internet search.

Results: For the present narrative review 4 guidelines, 18 review articles, 19 observational studies, and 2 case reports were evaluated.

Conclusions: If doctors become ill, both their role as a patient as well as their doctor’s role in treating another doctor is formed by specific challenges in dealing in certain situations. While international guidelines are available, in Germany systematic studies on the topic are missing.

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