Physicians Experience Highest Suicide Rate of Any Profession

The following article summarizes a systematic literature review of physician suicide, which shows that the suicide rate among physicians is more than double that in the general population and is not restricted to North America. The review covers both common obstacles to seeking medical treatment such as stigma, as well as the common factors that contribute to physician suicide. The very high rate of physician suicide is both alarming and not very surprising, given the stressors physicians face, beginning in medical school and residency, which is further exacerbated by dwindling healthcare resources and residency positions.

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