Suicide in physicians and veterinarians: risk factors and theories

Erin Leigh Miller, Lisa M. Nestler

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Abstract

Physicians and veterinarians are at increased risk for suicide compared to the general population. In particular, this risk appears to be especially pertinent to females in both of these professions. Although increased risk is well-documented, less is known about potential causes for suicidality in these groups. A host of risk factors have been examined in recent research, including job stressors, personality traits, access to lethal medications, and unique work experiences. In addition to these factors, the interpersonal psychological theory of suicidal behavior may provide promise in specifying why physicians and veterinarians are at increased risk for suicide. While there is recognition of mental health issues in these professions, significant treatment barriers remain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-26
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Volume22
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018

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Miller, Erin Leigh ; Nestler, Lisa M. / Suicide in physicians and veterinarians : risk factors and theories. In: Current Opinion in Psychology. 2018 ; Vol. 22. pp. 23-26.
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