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Anesthesiologists with substance use disorders: a 5-year outcome study from 16 state physician health programs

Gregory E Skipper, Michael D Campbell, Robert L Dupont

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Background: Anesthesiologists have a higher rate of substance use disorders than other physicians, and their prognoses and advisability to return to anesthesiology practice after treatment remain controversial. Over the past 25 yr, physician health programs (PHPs), created under authority of state medical regulatory boards, have become primary resources for management and monitoring of physicians with substance abuse and other mental health disorders.