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June 10, 2020

Physician Suicide—Reflections on Relevance and Resilience

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  • 1Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(8):721-722. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1345

Physician burnout and suicide are a grim reality in health care, with the physician suicide rate 2-fold that of the general public and the highest among any US profession.1 In fact, a 2019 survey of more than 15 000 physicians revealed that, among physicians with depression, more than 20% thought about suicide and nearly 40% did not seek help.2

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