Braquehais MD, Eiroa-Orosa FJ, Holmes KM, Lusilla P, Bravo M, Mozo X, Mezzatesta M, Casanovas M, Pujol T, Sher L.
Arch Suicide Res. 2014 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print]
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.