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

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Braquehais, María Dolores, Eiroá-Orosa, F., Holmes, Kristin M., Lusilla, Pilar, Bravo, Maria, Mozo, Xulián, Mezzatesta, Marcela, Casanovas, Marta, Pujol, Tània and Sher, Leo 2014. Differences in Physicians’ and Nurses’ Recent Suicide Attempts: An Exploratory Study. Archives of Suicide Research.
AuthorsBraquehais, María Dolores, Eiroá-Orosa, F., Holmes, Kristin M., Lusilla, Pilar, Bravo, Maria, Mozo, Xulián, Mezzatesta, Marcela, Casanovas, Marta, Pujol, Tània and Sher, Leo
Abstract

Aim: To examine the characteristics of physicians’ and nurses’ suicide attempts (SA).
Method: 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.
Results: 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.
Conclusion: 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.

JournalArchives of Suicide Research
ISSN1543-6136
1381-1118
Year2014
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
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Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13811118.2014.996693
Publication dates
Print17 Dec 2014
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Deposited03 Jun 2015
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Archives of Suicide Research on 17.12.14, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13811118.2014.996693
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