Doctors do not adequately look after their own physical health

Margaret P Kay, Geoffrey K Mitchell and Christopher B Del Mar
Med J Aust 2004; 181 (7): 368-370.


  • Studies of doctors’ health have emphasised psychological health, and limited data have been collected on their physical health status.

  • Doctors often fail to follow current preventive health guidelines for their physical health.

  • About half of doctors do not have an established relationship with an independent general practitioner. This would enhance their health and provide a means of ready access to the healthcare system should a problem arise.

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  • Margaret P Kay1
  • Geoffrey K Mitchell2
  • Christopher B Del Mar3

  • 1 Centre for General Practice, University of Queensland, Herston, QLD.
  • 2 Faculty of Health Science and Medicine, Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD.


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