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June 5, 1987

The Oregon Experience With Impaired Physicians on ProbationAn Eight-Year Follow-up

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland. Dr Shore is now with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver.

From the Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland. Dr Shore is now with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver.

JAMA. 1987;257(21):2931-2934. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390210079029
Abstract

Sixty-three addicted or impaired physicians who had been on probation with the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners were followed up in a new rehabilitation program for eight years. A majority (59%) were still on probation at follow-up, and 75% were rated as stable and improved. Problems of addiction affected 78%. The most successful treatment outcomes were for addicted physicians whose improvement was significantly associated with random urine monitoring to detect repetitive drug abuse. This research confirms an effective treatment approach for addicted or impaired physicians and is compared with other outcome studies.

(JAMA 1987;257:2931-2934)

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