When Doctors Become Patients: How Doctors Navigate Personal Health Care Issues — And What Patients Can Learn


Conundrums abound in the health care sector, but one of the most common involves medical professionals’ struggle to take their own advice. Many engage in problematic habits, often while neglecting to receive the targeted care they recommend for their patients. While many doctors and nurses are reluctant to seek medical care, this is as valuable for them as it is for the patients they serve. If anything, it’s more important; health issues among doctors make medical errors more likely, as verified by a growing body of research. The concept of doctor as patient is intriguing — and it can tell…

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