Five things to know about physician suicide

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Physician suicide is an urgent problem with rates higher than suicide rates in the general public, with potential for extensive impact on health care systems.

A "Five things to know about ..." practice article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) provides an overview of this serious issue.

Five things about physician suicide:

  • As the only means of death more common in physicians than nonphysicians, suicide is an occupational hazard for physicians.
  • Firearms, overdose and blunt force trauma are the most common means, with benzodiazepines, barbiturates and antipsychotics being the most commonly used drugs.
  • Increased begins as early as in , with nearly 1 in 4 students surveyed reporting suicidal ideation within the last 12 months.
  • Complaints to regulatory bodies are associated with higher rates of suicidal ideation.
  • Suicidal physicians face unique barriers to care, including concerns regarding confidentiality, and fears of stigmatization and discrimination from peers, employers and licensing bodies.

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More information: CMAJ (2019). www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.181687
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