Physicians have the highest suicide rate of all professions. High-stress working environments, long hours, burnout, substance use, and financial stress all contribute to high physician suicide rates. Adding fuel to the fire, COVID-19 has intensified this long-term problem. This issue brief describes the unhealthy workplace conditions that contribute to poor mental health among physicians and calls for policies that encourage physicians to seek help and rest without the fear of punishment.
Mental Health, Healthcare Policy, Workplace Health, Physician Mental Heatlh
Medicine and Health | Mental and Social Health | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology | Substance Abuse and Addiction
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The authors would like to thank Nicole Replogle and Shannon Monnat for their edits to this brief. Special thanks to Dr. Kristine Keeney for bringing this issue to the authors’ attention.
Brennan Nanni, Mariah and Punch, Alexandra, "Unhealthy Workplace Conditions Contribute to Physician Suicide" (2022). Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: Population Health Research Brief Series. 175.
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