Differences in Physicians’ and Nurses’ Recent Suicide Attempts: An Exploratory Study

María Dolores Braquehais, Francisco José Eiroa-Orosa, Kristin M. Holmes, Pilar Lusilla, Maria Bravo, Xulián Mozo, Marcela Mezzatesta, Marta Casanovas, Tània Pujol, Leo Sher

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    Abstract

    © 2016, Copyright © International Academy for Suicide Research. The aim of this study was to examine the characteristics of physicians’ and nurses’ suicide attempts (SA). A retrospective review of 493 medical records of physicians and nurses admitted to an inpatient unit for health professionals; 36 patients had a recent SA. Depression, cluster B and C personality disorders, and a history of previous SA were more prevalent in patients with a recent SA compared to those without it. Both professional groups preferred drug overdose as a suicide method. Physicians made more lethal attempts and had a history of more previous stressors than nurses. Depression, cluster B and C personality disorders, and previous SA should be appropriately screened and treated in order to prevent SA amongst physicians and nurses.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)273-279
    JournalArchives of Suicide Research
    Volume20
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2016

    Keywords

    • nurses
    • physicians
    • suicide attempts

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    Braquehais, M. D., Eiroa-Orosa, F. J., Holmes, K. M., Lusilla, P., Bravo, M., Mozo, X., Mezzatesta, M., Casanovas, M., Pujol, T., & Sher, L. (2016). Differences in Physicians’ and Nurses’ Recent Suicide Attempts: An Exploratory Study. Archives of Suicide Research, 20(2), 273-279. https://doi.org/10.1080/13811118.2014.996693