Realities of doctor suicide revealed

Suicide risk for female doctors is higher than that of women in general population but male doctors are at lower risk than other men

Female doctors are significantly more likely to die by suicide than women in the general population, but the same is not true of male doctors, a new study shows.

Depressed doctor

The US research indicates that female doctors have a 54% higher age-standardised suicide mortality ratio (SMR) compared with women on average, but male doctors’ SMR is 33% lower than for men in the general population.

Investigators, led by Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts, drew on data from nine global studies