Even within the healthcare community, it is found that female nurses are about 70% more likely to die by suicide than female doctors.
why? Study author Matthew Davis (Matthew Davis) said: “At present, we are not yet sure which factors directly contribute to the increased risk of suicide among nurses. This may be related to high job demands and low autonomy compared with doctors. Related to drug use. Mental Health Worried about stigmatized services, [and] Means to achieve a greater degree of suicide,” refers to prescription drugs.
Not only that, said Davis, an associate professor in the Department of Population and Leadership at the University of Michigan System, but the pandemic “puts tremendous pressure on medical staff, especially nurses who provide most bedside care.”
In this study, Davis and his team carefully studied suicide risk information for adults 30 and older from the National Violent Death Reporting System.
During the study period (2007 to 2018), more than 159,000 suicides occurred. Among them, there are nearly 2,400 nurses involved in nurses, and about eight in ten of them are women. (This is related to estimates suggesting that 80% to 85% of nurses are women, the study authors pointed out.
Among doctors, more than 850 suicides have been cited, and about 85% of them are men. The rest (156,000 suicides) belonged to the general public. Three quarters of the cases involved men.
After intensive research, Davis and his team determined that the suicide rate among nurses was 17.1 per 100,000, while the suicide rate among women in the general public was 8.6 per 100,000.
Davis said that because the sample of male nurses in this study is very small, the picture is more vague than that of male nurses. However, it has not been found that the risk of suicide by doctors is significantly higher than that of the general public.
The team also observed that when nurses or doctors take their lives, drugs are often involved. In fact, although 17% of ordinary people died of suicide by poisoning, among doctors and nurses, this number jumped to nearly 25%. Specifically, clinical suicide is more likely to require the use of antidepressants, barbiturates, opioids and/or benzodiazepines than ordinary suicides.