Efforts to prevent substance use disorders (SUDs) among physician anesthesiologists have traditionally focused on education, heightened awareness, substance control and diversion prevention measures. Very few studies have evaluated the breadth, scope and effectiveness of these preventative efforts.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Program Requirements for Anesthesiology require that residents demonstrate an understanding and acceptance of their role in the recognition of impairment, including illness and fatigue in themselves and in their peers. The ASA Task Force on Chemical Dependency created the Model Curriculum on Drug Abuse and Addiction for Residents in Anesthesiology. This comprehensive document was created more than a decade ago to encourage safety in the workplace. However, the education provided to residents in anesthesiology programs is variable. Lutsky reported in 1993 that fewer than 15 percent of physician anesthesiologists could recall any education at all. Booth reported an improvement in that all residents...

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