Risk of suicide in medical and related occupational groups: A national study based on Danish case population-based registers

Publication year: 2011
Source: Journal of Affective Disorders, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

Keith, Hawton , Esben, Agerbo , Sue, Simkin , Belinda, Platt , Richard J., Mellanby

 Background: Suicide risk may be elevated in ‘medical’ occupational groups, although results of studies are inconsistent. National data are required to examine this issue. It is also important to investigate the possible contribution of psychiatric disorder and access to specific suicide methods. Methods: In a nested case–control design we used data from Danish national registers for 1981–2006 to examine risk of suicide in nurses, physicians, dentists, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons compared to teachers and the general population, and associations with psychiatric service contact and suicide methods. Results: Crude age- and gender-adjusted rate ratios for suicide compared to teachers were significantly elevated in nurses (RR 1.90,…