To the Editor: The survey study by Dr DesRoches and colleagues1 reported data regarding physicians' experiences with impaired colleagues. Although the authors concluded that a large number of practicing physicians do not support the current process of self-regulation, we believe that the discussion lacked consideration of relevant issues that would put these results into more meaningful context.
Merlo LJ, Altenburger KM, Gold MS. Physicians’ Experiences With Impaired Colleagues. JAMA. 2010;304(17):1895-1897. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1557