Fast Five Quiz: Suicide

Stephen Soreff, MD


March 26, 2019

A systemic literature review of physician suicide showed that the suicide rate among physicians is from 28 to 40 per 100,000, which is more than double that found in the general population. The results also revealed that female physicians attempt suicide less frequently than women in the general population; however, the completion rate for female physicians is 2.5 to 4 times greater than that of the general population. This is a contrast to the general trend, in which women attempt suicide more often than men, but men are more likely to die by suicide. This is likely a result of increased knowledge of and easier access to lethal means. The rate between male and female physicians is equal. US physicians have the highest suicide rate of any profession, even when compared with those in the military. Dentists rank second, behind physicians.

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