What does the American Medical Association (AMA) mean by "Physician Impairment"? What effect does it have on patient care?
The impaired emergency physician may be unable to practice emergency medicine with the skill necessary for the safety of patients. [ In any approach to managing problems related to physician impairment, consideration of patient safety must be of primary importance. - See more at:
Physician impairment exists when a physician's professional performance is adversely affected by mental or physical
illness, aging, alcoholism, [ chemical dependence or any other circumstance that interferes with his or her ability to engage safely in patient care.
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