Michael Miller, MD, FASAM, FAPA recently collaborated on an article entitled, “The Status of Physician Health Programs in Wisconsin and North Central States: A Look at Statewide and Health Systems Programs.” Discussing the increased recognition and importance of physician health, the article highlights the need to provide programs specific to helping professionals maintain their health and well-being. While most professionals thrive in demanding work environments, it is still essential to address physician health comprehensively to reduce burnout, medical errors, reduced productivity and more.
Physician health programs were developed in the late 1950’s, initially focusing on addiction in professionals. As the medical field continued to develop, these programs expanded to include overall physician health. However, it wasn’t until 2001 that a confidential process and standards were developed by the Joint Commission. As of 2011, Wisconsin was one of only 5 states nationwide without an active physician health program.
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