oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Substance use in anaesthesia practitioners in South Africa - editorial

Volume 25 Number 6
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



The mental health of medical professionals has garnered increasing attention in recent years. Areas of concern have included the increase in suicide, burnout and the prevalence of common mental disorders such as anxiety, depression and substance use. Most research has been conducted in high-income countries with less data from lowand middle-income countries such as South Africa. Given that South African doctors face unique personal and professional challenges, further investigation into mental disorders, including substance use, is warranted.

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