As with women in general, the vicissitudes of the female physician who suffers from a substance use disorder have been understudied, and such persons remain underrepresented in treatment.
The purpose of the present study is to describe the similarities and differences between female and male physicians presenting for assessment, 108 physicians in total were included in the study, 10 of whom were female.
Demographically, we found that the female physicians were more likely to be single and younger than their male counterparts.
On clinical indices, females showed less impairement on legal and medical functioning, and better capability in sustainin g abstinence and eliminating environmental cues to relapse. of the women with substance use disorders, higher rate of comorbidity were found than with males.
Although there were no significant differences in overall severity, males were more likely to be recommended to more intensive levels of care for either substance use or psychiatric disorders.
The female physicians were recommended to a level of care of a lower intensity, but more often to a treatment with a dual-diagnosis focus.
These findings are discussed in terms of the vulnerabilities of the female physician barriers to treatment, tailoring treatment to female needs, and opportunities for prevention and further research.
Mots-clés Pascal : Abus, Boisson alcoolisée, Drogue illicite, Médecin généraliste, Femelle, Etude comparative, Mâle, Facteur sociodémographique, Association morbide, Trouble psychiatrique, Personnel sanitaire, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Abuse, Alcoholic beverage, Illicit drug, General practitioner, Female, Comparative study, Male, Sociodemographic factor, Concomitant disease, Mental disorder, Health staff, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0131228
Code Inist : 002B18C05A. Création : 16/11/1999.