A comparison of risk and protective factors related to suicide ideation among residents and specialists in academic medicine
2014 (English)In: BMC Public Health, ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 14, 271- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Physicians have an elevated risk of experiencing suicidal thoughts, which might be due to work-related factors. However, the hierarchical work positions as well as work-related health differ among resident and specialist physicians. As such, the correlates of suicide ideation may also vary between these two groups. Methods: In the present study, work- and health-related factors and their association with suicidal thoughts among residents (n=234) and specialists (n=813) working at a university hospital were examined using cross-sectional data. Results: Logistic regression analysis showed that having supportive meetings was associated with a lower level of suicide ideation among specialists (OR=0.68, 95% CI: 0.50-0.94), while an empowering leadership was related to a lower level of suicide ideation among residents (OR=0.55, 95% CI: 0.32-0.94). Having been harassed at work was associated with suicidal ideation among specialists (OR=2.26, 95% CI: 1.31-3.91). In addition, sickness presenteeism and work disengagement were associated with suicide ideation in both groups of physicians. Conclusions: These findings suggest that different workplace interventions are needed to prevent suicide ideation in residents and specialists.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 14, 271- p.
Suicide ideation, Academic medicine, Residents, Specialists, Work environment
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104572DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-271ISI: 000335351300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-104572DiVA: diva2:724340