Physicians are susceptible to drug and alcohol problems at similar rates as the general population, affecting about 1 out of every 10 individuals.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 02, 2013
Greg Skipper, MD, the Director of Professional Health Services at Promises Treatment Centers, co-authored an article on physician impairment that was pre-published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on April 29, 2013. JAMA, established in 1883, is among the most influential and prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals today.
The article, titled “Identification of Physician Impairment,” highlights the importance of early detection of physician impairment to better protect patients and the lack of safeguards in medicine compared to other fields, such as the airline industry. Dr. Skipper points out in the article that Physician Health Programs, currently established in most states, are designed to protect the public through earlier detection of potential impairment. Dr. Skipper’s co-authors included Julius Cuong Pham, MD, PhD, and Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, both of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
“We are honored to have our work selected for publication in JAMA,” said Dr. Skipper. “Physicians are susceptible to drug and alcohol problems at similar rates as the general population, affecting about one out of every 10 individuals. If these issues can be identified and treated, we can help physicians continue practicing safely.”
Greg Skipper, MD, has more than 30 years of experience shaping the professionals health movement. He is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also an educator, author and a sought-after speaker who has been interviewed by leading national television and radio shows.
Dr. Skipper provides medical leadership and weekly client consultations for Professionals Treatment at Promises, a state-of-the-art addiction treatment program for impaired physicians and other professionals. Building on the tradition of success established by Physician Health Programs, treatment includes comprehensive evaluations, profession-specific process groups, support groups and self-help meetings, practice assessment, transition planning, and long-term monitoring. Each professional receives highly individualized treatment from licensed clinicians who understand the unique needs of addicted professionals.
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About Promises Treatment Centers
Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and West Los Angeles are the premier addiction treatment centers in Southern California. Led by some of the nation’s leading addiction specialists, Promises has built an international reputation for innovative addiction treatment and exceptional service. Whether an individual requires detox, residential drug rehab, outpatient treatment, extended care or a sober living environment, Promises has been a drug rehabilitation center of choice for more than 25 years. For more information about Promises Treatment Centers, visit http://www.promises.com or call (877) 351-7506.
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