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December 13, 2000

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Among Medical Residents—Reply

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(22):2874. doi:10.1001/jama.284.22.2869

In Reply: Program directors in our study believed that alcohol and substance abuse were underlying causes contributing to the poor performance of their problem residents "half of the time or more frequently" in 2% of the cases. Similarly, the program directors responded that substance abuse rehabilitation programs were helpful "half of the time or more frequently" for 7% of problem residents in situations in which this intervention was felt to be applicable.

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