Representing physician suicide claims as nanopublications: Proof-of-concept study creating claim networks

Background: In the poorly studied field of physician suicide, various factors can contribute to misinformation or information distortion, which in turn can influence evidence-based policies and prevention of suicide in this  unique population. Objective: The aim of this paper is to use nanopublications as a scientific publishing approach to establish a citation network of claims[…]

Suicide and suicide risk in physicians. (IN: Depression, Burnout and Suicide in Physicians, edited by L. Grassi, D. McFarland & M.B. Riba)

Burnout and compassion fatigue have been observed in physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, and a variety of other healthcare workers. Burnout tends to be more connected to environmental factors like mismatches in expected workload, autonomy, rewards, values, and fairness, while compassion fatigue seems more connected to interpersonal stresses related to observing continuous suffering. The worst[…]

Responding to a tragedy: Evaluation of a postvention protocol among adult psychiatry residents

In a time of “zero suicide” initiatives and rising suicide rates, resident physicians are particularly susceptible to the psychological and professional ramifications of patient suicide. An adult psychiatry residency program developed and implemented a postvention protocol to address the impact of patient suicide among resident physicians. The current study is a formal evaluation[…]

Association of US nurse and physician occupation with risk of suicide

Importance  Nurses are the largest component of the US health care workforce. Recent research suggests that nurses may be at high risk for suicide; however, few studies on this topic exist. Objectives  To estimate the national incidence of suicide among nurses and examine characteristics of nurse suicides compared with physicians and the general population. Design, Setting, and[…]

The suicide prevention, depression awareness, and clinical engagement program for faculty and residents at the University of California, Davis Health

Objective: The objective of the study is to present results of a depression and suicide screening and treatment referral program for physicians at an academic medical center. Methods: An anonymous web-based screening questionnaire was sent to all physicians at a large academic center. Responses were classified as indicating either high, moderate, or low risk for depression and[…]

Physician death by suicide in the United States: 2012-2016

Reports of incidence of physician suicide in the United States (US) are outdated. The aims of this research were to assess incidence, methods, and associated risk factors of physicians compared to non-physicians in the general US population. Retrospective suicide data (victim age 25 and over) from the 2012-2016 National Violent Death Reporting System were analyzed[…]

Frequency of suicide attempts and attitudes toward suicidal behaviour among doctors and nurses in Lagos, Nigeria

Background: Competence and attitudes toward suicidal behaviour affect practice. These attitudes may influence the consideration of suicide during personal crisis among doctors and nurses. Aim: The attitudes of doctors and nurses towards suicidal behaviour was assessed using the Attitudes Toward Suicide Scale (ATTS), which was validated in another study by the authors, evaluated for the possible factors[…]

Suicide among doctors: A narrative review

Doctors across the world work in stressful conditions, often making life or death decisions under considerable pressure. With changes in patient and societal expectations, these pressures continue to rise. For several decades, it has been
illustrated that rates of psychiatric disorders, especially suicide, are considerably higher in doctors than the general population. We performed[…]

Male and female physician suicidality: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Objective  To evaluate male and female physician suicide risks compared with the general population from 1980 to date and test whether there is a reduction of SMR in cohorts after 1980 compared with before 1980 via a meta-analysis, modeling studies, and a systematic review emphasizing physician suicide risk factors. Data Sources  This study uses studies retrieved from[…]

Burnout, drop out, suicide: Physician loss in emergency medicine, part 1

Each year more than 400 physicians take their lives, likely related to increasing depression and burnout. Burnout—a psychological syndrome featuring emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a reduced sense of personal accomplishment—is a disturbingly and increasingly prevalent phenomenon in healthcare, and emergency medicine (EM) in particular. As self-care based solutions have proven unsuccessful, more system-based causes, beyond[…]