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The suicide mortality of working physicians and dentists.

Authors
Petersen-MR; Burnett-CA
Source
Occup Med 2008 Jan; 58(1):25-29
NIOSHTIC No.
20033168
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.
Keywords
Health-care-personnel; Physicians; Dentistry; Dentists; Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Statistical-analysis; Epidemiology
Contact
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH 45226, USA
CODEN
OCMEE8
Publication Date
20080101
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0962-7480
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Manufacturing
Source Name
Occupational Medicine
State
OH
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