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Psychiatr Prax. 2005 Nov;32(8):381-5.

[Suicidal tendencies of physicians -- an overview].

[Article in German]

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Klinik für Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen. Christian.Reimer@psycho.med.uni-giessen.de

Abstract

QUESTION:

This study provides an overview of the research on suicide rates and suicidal tendencies of physicians.

METHODS:

Original articles on this topic since 1980 were analyzed.

RESULTS:

Empirical studies indicate an increased suicide rate in physicians compared to the general population. Possible causes are the increased prevalence rate of depressive disorders as well as the presumably increased rate of substance abuse in physicians. In addition to this, job-related stressors as reasons for the high suicide risk in physicians are discussed.

CONCLUSION:

In terms of preventive measures it seems reasonable to systematically inform medical students about stressors they will be exposed to in their later practice and to discuss coping strategies and prevention. Thus, a suitable emotional preparation for future work stress can be assured. For working physicians seminars and professional training on education and prevention as well as supervision should continuously be offered.

PMID:
16308801
DOI:
10.1055/s-2005-866903
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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