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  1. Suicide mortality among medical doctors in Finland : are females more prone to suicide than their male colleagues ?

    Article - En anglais

    Background

    Suicide mortality among medical practitioners is in many countries significantly higher compared with other professionals and the general population.

    Differences between male and female physicians are difficult to estimate reliably because previous comparisons are mainly based on crude mortality rates.

    Methods

    Age-specific mortality rates were calculated for physicians, other professionals and the general population, males and females separately, as well as standardized mortality ratios (SMR) comparing physicians with the other groups.

    Crude mortality rates were calculated for the specialist groups.

    Results

    The SMR for male (female) physicians was 0.9 (2.4) compared with the general male (female) population and 2.4 (3.7) compared with other male (female) professionals.

    The SMR between male and female physicians was 1.2 (95% CI 0.9-1.7).

    Conclusions

    Our results do not support the claim that female physicians have a greater risk of suicide than their male colleagues, but are concordant with previous observations of a higher suicide rate in female physicians compared with the general population and other female professionals.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Suicide, Personnel sanitaire, Médecin, Finlande, Europe, Sexe, Statut professionnel, Facteur risque, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Suicide, Health staff, Physician, Finland, Europe, Sex, Professional status, Risk factor, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0480827

    Code Inist : 002B18C11. Création : 03/02/1998.