Cognitive Changes and Physician Performance: Causes, Clinical Implications, and Treatment

  • Carol C. PersadEmail author
  • Linas A. Bieliauskas
Part of the Integrating Psychiatry and Primary Care book series (IPPC)


Just like their patients, physicians are susceptible to a variety of medical, neurological, and psychiatric conditions that have the potential to impair cognitive functioning which can lead to declines in patient care. Given the nature of the work environment, physicians are also at greater risk of problems related to stress and sleep deprivation, factors that can also impact cognition. Early recognition of potential problems on the part of the individual physician and the clinical institution is key. Having a model in place that triggers mechanisms for a comprehensive assessment of the problem, development of remediation or accommodation plans, and guidance throughout will maximize successful outcomes while protecting patient safety.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Neuropsychology Section, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Michigan Medical SchoolAnn ArborUSA

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