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March 4, 2020

Physician Suicide—A Personal and Community Tragedy

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Institute for Health Care Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 3Depression Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 4School of Medicine, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno
JAMA Psychiatry. Published online March 4, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.0009

Physician suicide—its incidence, causes, and prevention—has been a subject of intense study, particularly since the landmark meta-analysis by Schernhammer.1 In this issue of JAMA Psychiatry, Duarte and colleagues2 provide a much-needed update on physician suicide rates in a meta-analysis of global studies. But ultimately, physician suicide is more than a matter of standardized mortality ratios; rather, it is a tragedy both personally and professionally. Any discussion of physician suicide deaths needs to recognize the far-reaching influence that even a single suicide has on the physician’s community.

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