IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 387-389

Substance abuse among doctors: a review article

Authors: Mohammed W. AlMusained, Abdulaziz A. AlMahaish, Mazen D. Aljohani, Mohammed N. AlHashim, Abdulaziz K. Alqahtani, Mohammed Alabdullatif.

ABSTRACT

A substance is defined as any psychoactive drug or potentially toxic material such as alcohol, whether legal or illegal. Substance abuse affect the performance of the physician which could result in declined mental abilities and increased probability of medical error and patient harm. There is a significant difference in the literature between the prevalence of substance abuse among the general population and physicians, concluding that physicians had a higher prevalence of substance-use disorders, supporting that a high medical education is not a protective factor against substance-use disorders. Due to the fact that physicians have easy access to different kinds of psychoactive and potentially harmful substances, this paper aimed to review the literature on substance abuse among physicians. The literature was reviewed using PubMed, all articles found were in English language, through the use of certain keywords which were substance-abuse, physician, doctors, and residency. A total of 62 articles were found through the combination of these keywords together, of which only 10 articles were related to this study. International studies concluded that the physicians had a higher prevalence of substance abuse disorders than that of general population. Although physicians had a better prognosis, but it was showed that 10%-15% of physicians were prone to substance abuse during their lifetime.

Keywords:
Substance absue, drugs, substance use disorders, doctors, review


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Substance abuse among doctors: a review article


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Mohammed W AlMusained
College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulaziz A AlMahaish
College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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Mazen D Aljohani
College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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Mohammed N AlHashim
College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulaziz K Alqahtani
College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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Mohammed Alabdullatif
College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Abdulaziz Adel Almahaish, Medical intern, College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, King Faisal Road, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.; aziz.ammuh96@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 10 Dec 2020
Accepted 14 Dec 2020
Published online 23 Dec 2020
Published in print 11 Jan 2021

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AlMusained MW, AlMahaish AA, Aljohani MD, AlHashim MN, Alqahtani AK, Alabdullatif M. Substance abuse among doctors: a review article. IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 387-389. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606843852


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AlMusained MW, AlMahaish AA, Aljohani MD, AlHashim MN, Alqahtani AK, Alabdullatif M. Substance abuse among doctors: a review article. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=17630 [Access: February 25, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606843852


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AlMusained MW, AlMahaish AA, Aljohani MD, AlHashim MN, Alqahtani AK, Alabdullatif M. Substance abuse among doctors: a review article. IJMDC. 2021; 5(1): 387-389. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606843852


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

AlMusained MW, AlMahaish AA, Aljohani MD, AlHashim MN, Alqahtani AK, Alabdullatif M. Substance abuse among doctors: a review article. IJMDC. (2021), [cited February 25, 2021]; 5(1): 387-389. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606843852


Harvard Style

AlMusained, M. W., AlMahaish, . A. A., Aljohani, . M. D., AlHashim, . M. N., Alqahtani, . A. K. & Alabdullatif, . M. (2021) Substance abuse among doctors: a review article. IJMDC, 5 (1), 387-389. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606843852


Turabian Style

AlMusained, Mohammed W., Abdulaziz A. AlMahaish, Mazen D. Aljohani, Mohammed N. AlHashim, Abdulaziz K. Alqahtani, and Mohammed Alabdullatif. 2021. Substance abuse among doctors: a review article. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (1), 387-389. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606843852


Chicago Style

AlMusained, Mohammed W., Abdulaziz A. AlMahaish, Mazen D. Aljohani, Mohammed N. AlHashim, Abdulaziz K. Alqahtani, and Mohammed Alabdullatif. "Substance abuse among doctors: a review article." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 387-389. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606843852


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

AlMusained, Mohammed W., Abdulaziz A. AlMahaish, Mazen D. Aljohani, Mohammed N. AlHashim, Abdulaziz K. Alqahtani, and Mohammed Alabdullatif. "Substance abuse among doctors: a review article." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.1 (2021), 387-389. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606843852


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

AlMusained, M. W., AlMahaish, . A. A., Aljohani, . M. D., AlHashim, . M. N., Alqahtani, . A. K. & Alabdullatif, . M. (2021) Substance abuse among doctors: a review article. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (1), 387-389. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1606843852


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