The World Medical Association (WMA) voted on an amendment put forward by Dr Sam Hazledine, aimed at improving the health and well-being of thousands of medics the world over.
"I will attend to my own health, well-being, and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard."
Until now there has been no provision for doctors to prioritise or focus on their own health to better dispense patient care.
A study shows that 87 per cent of doctors were stressed or suffering from burnout.
Detcare put an article sometime back on the same issue, presenting here (from Dr Ashish):
There is an old stereotype that doctors don't get sick. But that's not the reality. A doctor works in a highly contaminated environment and thus exposed to most deadly of all the diseases and that makes one more prone contacting them.
Yes, 5th doctor with Brain TB, and know a few with abdominal one and all are quite young 30-35.
Brain TB is not easy to develop, it is only when it has spread to brain from the lungs or sometimes otherwise and this usually takes time.
Four of them I know very well. When my first friend(a physician) got it , we were like shocked. It is shocking when you get such a disease but more shocking is how come being doctors we couldn’t catch it at the early stage.
Here is the reason - we are exposed to most deadly of infections, which terminally ill patients brings with them. We often downplay our own ailments and tend to minimise a symptom thinking it to be normal in that environment.
Most of the times it is, but sometimes it is much bigger.
The high stress nature of the work also makes it more likely to have bad things happen as stress leads to lower immunity, poor diet, skipped meals and less precautions.
The working among the diseased is what used to get respect for doctors, now even that is gone. Everything is weighted down in paying money. Why do we respect Army even they are being paid a salary? We respect them because certain professions can never be compensated with money but can certainly be compensated with respect. Will anyone would work in swine flu ward if paid a nice money? Certainly not!
But then it is what it is. Coming back to your health, remember no one, no government even gives you a medical insurance and you will have to fend it for yourself, thus you should be careful about your and your family's health.
You have all the knowledge of prevention and treatment. Would just say – pay a little attention to yourself, apply the knowledge and don’t take things too lightly.
The inclusion of self health in the Hippocratic Oath is a welcome step as it will bring the most ignored topic in a Doctor’s life back into focus.
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