Physicians are trained to provide compassionate high-quality care to their patients. Yet in many cases, physicians and trainees, due to a variety of reasons, are challenged in taking care of themselves in a way that will allow them to maintain compassion for others. Burnout, emotional distress, relationship problems and substance abuse can result in a spiral that may put physicians at personal and professional risk.
Physicians also face stigma and other barriers around seeking help, and like others, can find it difficult to identify appropriate resources.
Physicians have the same needs as their patients. Doctors and their families need not suffer. Help is available.
When a physician is ready for help, the PHP’s confidential service can offer a number of services for the physician:
- Prompt advice and support (callers may remain anonymous)
- Referrals for clinical services, with clinicians experienced in physician health
- A range of assessment services
- Monitoring and advocacy for ongoing mental health and workplace concerns