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Prevalence of suicide-related behaviors among physicians: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Dong,Min1; Zhou,Fu Chun2; Xu,Shi Wei3; Zhang,Qinge2; Ng,Chee H.4; Ungvari,Gabor S.5,6; Xiang,Yu Tao7,8,9
Source PublicationSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior

Objective: Suicide is a major cause of premature death among physicians, but the prevalence of suicide-related behaviors (including suicidal ideation, SI and suicide attempt, SA) is inconsistent across studies. This meta-analysis aimed to estimate the prevalence of suicide-related behaviors among physicians and its associated factors. Methods: PubMed, EMBASE, PsycINFO, and Cochrane library databases were systematically searched from commencement date to August 14, 2018. Eligible studies on the prevalence of suicide-related behaviors among physicians were included. Results: Thirty-five eligible studies with 70,368 physicians were included. The lifetime prevalence of SI was 17.4% (95% CI: 13.8%–21.8%), while the 1-year prevalence was 8.6% (95% CI: 7.1%–10.3%), 6-month prevalence was 11.9% (95% CI: 2.7%–39.2%), and 1-month prevalence was 8.6% (95% CI: 5.6%–13.0%). The lifetime prevalence of SA was 1.8% (95% CI: 0.9%–3.7%), while the 1-year prevalence was 0.3% (95% CI: 0.1%–0.8%). Subgroup analyses revealed that geographic region was significantly associated with lifetime and 1-year prevalence of SI, while sample size was significantly associated with 1-month prevalence of SI. Conclusions: This meta-analysis found a relatively high prevalence of suicide-related behaviors, particularly lifetime SI, among physicians. Appropriate preventive and treatment measures should be implemented to reduce the risk of suicide-related behaviors in this population.

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WOS Research AreaPsychiatry ; Psychology
WOS SubjectPsychiatry ; Psychology, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000575385100001
Scopus ID2-s2.0-85092106037
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CollectionFaculty of Health Sciences
Corresponding AuthorXiang,Yu Tao
Affiliation1.Guangdong Mental Health Center,Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital,Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences,Guangzhou,China
2.The National Clinical Research Center for Mental Disorders & Beijing Key Laboratory of Mental Disorders,Beijing Anding Hospital & The Advanced Innovation Center for Human Brain Protection,School of Mental Health,Capital Medical University,Beijing,China
3.The First Clinical College,Changsha Medical University,Changsha,China
4.Department of Psychiatry,The Melbourne Clinic and St Vincent's Hospital,University of Melbourne,Richmond,Australia
5.Division of Psychiatry,School of Medicine,University of Western Australia,Perth,Australia
6.University of Notre Dame Australia,Fremantle,Australia
7.Unit of Psychiatry,Institute of Translational Medicine,Faculty of Health Sciences,University of Macau,Macao
8.Center for Cognition and Brain Sciences,University of Macau,Macao
9.Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences,University of Macau,Macao
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Health Sciences;  University of Macau
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Dong,Min,Zhou,Fu Chun,Xu,Shi Wei,et al. Prevalence of suicide-related behaviors among physicians: A systematic review and meta-analysis[J]. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior,2020,50(6):1264-1275.
APA Dong,Min,Zhou,Fu Chun,Xu,Shi Wei,Zhang,Qinge,Ng,Chee H.,Ungvari,Gabor S.,&Xiang,Yu Tao.(2020).Prevalence of suicide-related behaviors among physicians: A systematic review and meta-analysis.Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior,50(6),1264-1275.
MLA Dong,Min,et al."Prevalence of suicide-related behaviors among physicians: A systematic review and meta-analysis".Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 50.6(2020):1264-1275.
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