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The health of the Role 1 doctor
  1. Iain T Parsons
  1. Correspondence to Capt Iain T Parsons, 5 Medical Regiment, Gaza Barracks, Hipswell Road, Catterick DL94AU, UK; iainparsons{at}


Many pitfalls are evident in the event that a doctor becomes a patient requiring investigation or treatment. The military environment theoretically creates an added dimension to difficulties such as self-treatment, insight and objectivity, vulnerability, mental health and medication abuse, confidentiality and the kerb-side consultation. These are explored with the military and civilian perspectives contrasted. Further qualitative research is required to formally assess what barriers military doctors face in accessing military healthcare. This, along with national guidelines should be incorporated into formal policy.

  • MEdical Ethics
  • Health Services Administration & Management

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