A 33-year-old member asked:
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do doctors have to keep colleagues drug use confidential?

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Dr. Boris Aronzon
23 years experience Anesthesiology
Yes: All medical information is confidential. If the physician abuses drugs he will be removed from practice and will be sent for treatment. After full recovery several protective mechanisms exist in medical community to prevent reoccurrence. At the beginning physician will be supervised by other physicians after recovery.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
That depends on: the context. If we notice red flags within the workplace that suggest that one of our colleagues suffers from a significant impairment - many medical providers would consider it an ethical obligation to address the situation or report it. My response is from the perspective of being a coworker (not being the medical provider to an impaired physician).
Answered on Aug 31, 2014

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