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Medicolegal and Ethics A colleague is drinking considerable amounts of alcohol

A male physician discovers that a female colleague in his practice is drinking considerable amounts of alcohol every day during office hours to the extent that her words can be slightly slurred. The physician talks to his colleague about her drinking. The colleague minimizes her use of alcohol and denies a need for treatment, but she does state that the concern is appreciated. What is the most appropriate next step for the concerned physician?

A. Coerce the colleague to seek help by threatening to inform the colleague’s patients of the alcohol use.
B. Contact the colleague’s family and encourage the family to deal with the problem.
C. Continue to monitor the colleague’s behavior and report the alcohol use if other signs of impairment occur.
D. Do nothing more. The matter has been discussed with the colleague, so duty has been fulfilled.
E. Report the colleague to the appropriate authorities to allow for an investigation.
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I'm stuck between C and E....i guess i'll go wid E
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Answer should be E, because you are dealing with the "best interest for the patient, not for the doctor" so pretty much here you have to inform the next person in Chain... Chief Resident, Dean Medicine, etc etc...
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And, btw i wont do it again Bebix! It was just a little glass of vodka hahaha A little of humor doesn't go bad in this time eh?
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yes it's E because this would harm patients also she had not accept the advice.
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The answer is C or E
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I think the answer is C. Continue to monitor the colleague’s behavior and report the alcohol use if other signs of impairment occur.

Not sure, but I think I remember coming across such a question in BRS and it said that you have to talk to the colleague and encourage them to seek treatment.

I dont think its necessary to report them in every state is it ?
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It is E . Doctor must do no harm to patients. Intoxication of the doctor harm patients, therefore must be stopped. Since the alcoholic doctor does not want to stop, her colleague must report her to authority.
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I am with E. as well.
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A male physician discovers that a female colleague in his practice is drinking considerable amounts of alcohol every day during office hours to the extent that her words can be slightly slurred. The physician talks to his colleague about her drinking. The colleague minimizes her use of alcohol and denies a need for treatment, but she does state that the concern is appreciated. What is the most appropriate next step for the concerned physician?

A. Coerce the colleague to seek help by threatening to inform the colleague’s patients of the alcohol use.
B. Contact the colleague’s family and encourage the family to deal with the problem.
C. Continue to monitor the colleague’s behavior and report the alcohol use if other signs of impairment occur.
D. Do nothing more. The matter has been discussed with the colleague, so duty has been fulfilled.
E. Report the colleague to the appropriate authorities to allow for an investigation.

E is the ans
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It is E . Doctor must do no harm to patients. Intoxication of the doctor harm patients, therefore must be stopped. Since the alcoholic doctor does not want to stop, her colleague must report her to authority.
Yup, the correct answer is E)
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