Opinion: Doctors, practice what you preach

The Atlantic, June 13, 2012

Not surprisingly, patients treated by doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers who are overweight and stressed out—even smoking—may say to themselves that a healthy lifestyle is just too hard—"If they can't do it, how can I?" To combat this problem, two John Hopkins medical students recently launched a grassroots campaign to urge fellow medical and nursing students, as well as practicing clinicians, to practice what they should be preaching. They want healthcare professionals to sign The Patient Promise, a personal—and public—commitment "to lead by example and practice healthy lifestyle behaviors comparable to those I would ask of my patient."


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