Dr. Katherine Lincoln, Wound Care, was recently published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), the premier scholarly publication of the osteopathic medical profession, for her research on mental health and medical licensing.
The article, “Osteopathic Medical Licensing Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,” evaluated the compliance of state osteopathic medical licensing boards with requirements regarding mental health as set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Physicians have an increased rate of depression and suicide compared with their non-physician peers, according to the authors, and state medical licensure questions about mental health may deter physicians from seeking mental health care.
The authors reviewed state medical licensing applications for all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C. — including 16 states with osteopathic licensing entities — for ADA compliance in questions about mental health. They also compared questions and compliance in states where both osteopathic and allopathic applications were available.
The researchers concluded that, to improve physician well-being, corrective action must be taken to create ADA-compliant language in medical licensing so physicians can seek treatment for mental health conditions without discrimination by licensing boards.
Congratulations, Dr. Lincoln!