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April 13, 1984

Marital and Family Therapy for Troubled Physicians and Their Families: A Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Cornell University Medical College and the Payne Whitney Clinic of The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York (Dr Glick); and the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (Dr Glick), and the Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (Dr Borus).

JAMA. 1984;251(14):1855-1858. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340380037019

Because individual therapy for troubled physicians has been notoriously difficult and often ineffective, we report our experience using a treatment—marital therapy—newly applied to such problems in the medical community. The sample involved 13 male physicians and their spouses with emotional difficulties in themselves and/or their relationships. After marital treatment, there was substantial improvement in more than 92% (12/13) of the physicians, their spouses, and/or their marital relationships.

(JAMA 1984;251:1855-1858)