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Impaired Health Professionals Toolkit Introduction

Medicine is a profession that requires health professionals, by way of licensure, to uphold competency standards that ensure safe, ethical, and effective patient care. It is also a self-regulating profession, meaning that members of the healthcare field have an individual responsibility to ensure that they maintain their capacity to practice without compromising the safety or trust of patients. Self-regulation requires that a health professional prioritize his/her/their health and well-being. When a physical or mental health condition, aging, or substance use disorder interferes with a health professional’s ability to engage safely and effectively in professional duties, it is considered an impairment.

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