ASAM Responds to ‘Physician Health Programs: More Harm Than Good?’

Disrupted Physician

Source: ASAM Responds to ‘Physician Health Programs: More Harm Than Good?’

The Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) and American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) have both responded critically and dismissively to the Medscape article Physician Health Programs- More Harm Than Good? by Pauline Anderson; Both presumably complacent in the belief that their dismissive criticisms, proclamations of altruistic expertise and brandishment of the “PHP-blueprint” would  sway the rank-and-file reader into acceptance without further investigation and stifle  further inquiry.  “Feel-good” rhetoric and “appeal to authority” are logical fallacies that have, after all worked very well for them so far.

But amidst a growing  body of severe, serious and remarkably similar criticisms (Over 1200 comments on this and related articles) both the FSPHP and ASAM remain silent.   98% of these comments reflect negatively on the current state of Physician Health Programs and warrant legitimate discussion.   This is not occurring and the  import of this needs to…

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