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Occup Med (Lond). 2008 Jan;58(1):25-9. Epub 2007 Oct 27.

The suicide mortality of working physicians and dentists.

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  • 1Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH 45226, USA. mrp1@cdc.gov

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Some studies have shown that physicians and dentists have elevated risks of suicide, while other studies have not.

AIMS:

Using all deaths and corresponding census data in 26 US states, we examine the suicide risk for working physicians and dentists.

METHODS:

Death and census data for working people were obtained from 1984 through 1992. Directly age-standardized suicide rate ratios (SRRs) were calculated for white male and white female physicians and white male dentists.

RESULTS:

For white female physicians, the suicide rate was elevated compared to the working US population (SRR = 2.39, 95% CI = 1.52-3.77). For white male physicians and dentists, the overall suicide rates were reduced (SRR = 0.80, 95% CI = 0.53-1.20 and 0.68, 95% CI = 0.52-0.89, respectively). For older white male physicians and dentists, however, observed suicide rates were elevated.

CONCLUSIONS:

White female physicians have an elevated suicide rate. Only older white male physicians and dentists have elevated suicide rates, which partially explains the varied conclusions in the literature.

PMID:
17965446
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