British study highlights stigma of sick doctors

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 03 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:561
  1. C Court

    Doctors who are sick do not seek help because of the stigma of illness and because of peer pressure and professional loyalty, according to a new study. The study found that attitudes of denial learnt in medical training and lack of insight into personal illness also played their part (see editorial on page 557).

    Eight health authority districts were studied by the department of public health medicine at the United Medical and Dental Schools at St Thomas's Hospital in London. The report, which was funded by the Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust, concludes that there …

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