Practical considerations, ethical questions and emotional conflicts due to personal relationships with the impaired person make these confrontations difficult, but we must make the right choice to protect our patients’ well-being first and foremost and to help impaired colleagues receive the care they need.6
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Jill Johnson, MD, is in private practice in Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pa.
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