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Table 3 Endorsement of 25 state physician health program descriptions of impairment in an online sample of respondents currently employed full-time

From: How broad are state physician health program descriptions of physician impairment?

   % Endorsing description
Description Narrow (n = 103) Broad (n = 96)
1 Intimidated someone at work 9.7 19.8
2 Deterioration in personal hygiene 9.7 24.0
3 Constant sadness or tearfulness 14.6 41.7
4 Occurrence of spouse, child abuse 3.9 12.5
5 Easily agitated, irritable 42.7 86.5
6 Increased complaints from customers or clients 4.9 13.5
7 Personality and behavioral changes 19.4 36.5
8 Neglected social commitments 30.1 47.9
9 DWI arrest or DUI violations 4.9 8.3
10 Other mental health concerns that directly impact work performance 17.5 24.0
11 Direct statements indicating distress 24.3 35.4
12 Experiencing problems coping with customers or clients or with typical stress of a busy job 21.4 62.5
13 Sweating when otherwise comfortable 20.4 41.7
14 Tremors, hands shake 17.5 26.0
15 Rapid speech 15.5 35.4
16 Personnel question competence and/or behavior 12.6 26.0
17 Makes degrading or demeaning comments at work 15.5 66.7
18 Deterioration in clothing and dressing habits 13.6 47.9
19 Disorganized work schedule 23.3 22.9
20 Intoxicated at social events or odor of alcohol on breath while on duty 15.5 50.0
21 Avoidant, unreliable 13.6 42.7
22 Public intoxication or impairment 10.7 53.1
23 Impaired or decreased work performance 18.4 43.8
24 Smell of alcohol on breath or in perspiration 13.6 64.6
25 Low or elevated self-esteem 37.9 81.3
Mean (SD) total number of impairment descriptions endorsed 4.3 (5.0) 9.7 (5.8)
  1. DWI driving while intoxicated, DUI driving under the influence