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Study: Many physicians reluctant to seek mental healthcare

Residency Program Insider, October 13, 2017

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Nearly 40% of physicians are reluctant to seek formal medical care for mental health conditions due to concerns it would affect their medical licensure, according to a recent study by the Mayo Clinic.

Researchers reviewed the results of a survey of nearly 6,000 physicians on care-seeking attitudes for mental health problems. They also examined initial licensure and renewal applications from all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see if they contained questions about applicants’ current impairments from mental health conditions. Two-thirds of states’ applications inquire about past conditions, not just current ones. In those states, physicians were more likely to be reluctant to seek help.

Source: Mayo Clinic Proceedings



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