A survey of physicians' perceptions of their health care needs

M. W. Steffen, P. T. Hagen, K. Benkhadra, R. G. Molella, R. D. Newcomb, M. H. Murad

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Background: Physicians may face unique challenges in accessing health care and managing their own health. Aims: To evaluate physicians' perceptions of their health care needs and desired services. Methods: A written survey, distributed and collected anonymously among attendees at a large primary care continuing medical education conference. Results: The survey was given to 346 physicians and 141 (41%) responded. The majority of physicians (53%) reported having difficulty accessing health care and reverting to self-diagnosis and treatment (63%). Over 83% reported having or knowing a colleague who had a career-threatening illness and 42% had experienced concern about a colleague's ability to practise safely. Conclusions: Physicians as an occupational group have challenges in accessing health care, very commonly suffer career-limiting illnesses and revert to self-diagnosis and treatment. Programmes tailored to providing health care to physicians are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-53
Number of pages5
JournalOccupational Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Cross-sectional study
  • Health care
  • Physician's health
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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