A Few Things of Interest: A Weekly Roundup: Topic = Physician/Surgeon Suicide

Since we couldn’t post recently, we’ll post one longer post now.

Weekly Roundup: Physician Suicide (in order of publication)

MacDonald, H. (2017). Crossing the Rubicon: Death in ‘The Year of the Transplant’. Medical history, 61(1), 107-127.
Rothenberger, D. A. (2017). Physician Burnout and Well-Being: A Systematic Review and Framework for Action. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, 60(6), 567-576.
Currie, J., & MacLeod, W. B. (2017). Diagnosing expertise: Human capital, decision making, and performance among physicians. Journal of Labor Economics, 35(1), 1-43.
Shanafelt, T. D., & Noseworthy, J. H. (2017, January). Executive leadership and physician well-being: nine organizational strategies to promote engagement and reduce burnout. In Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Vol. 92, No. 1, pp. 129-146). Elsevier.
Kuhn, C. M., & Flanagan, E. M. (2017). Self-care as a professional imperative: physician burnout, depression, and suicide. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia/Journal canadien d’anesthésie, 64(2), 158-168.
Damasceno, K. S., de Sousa Barbosa, É., Pimentel, J. V. C., Júnior, A. G. T., de Meneses, A. C. P., Júnior, J. G., … & Biruel, E. P. (2017). Suicide among Physicians and Methodological Similarities of MEDLINE/PubMED and BVS/BIREME Open Access Bibliographic Databases: A Systematic Review with Metanalysis. Health, 9(02), 352.
Ho, C., Siegfried, J., Remo, K., & Laskin, J. (2017). P1. 05-060 Adherence to Surveillance Guidelines in Resected NSCLC: Physician Compliance and Impact on Outcomes. Journal of Thoracic Oncology, 12(1), S651-S652.
Shorter, E. (2017). Doctors and their patients: A social history. Routledge.
Stain, S. C., & Farquhar, M. (2017). Should doctors work 24 hour shifts?. BMJ, 358, j3522.

Media

Dr. Pamela Wible

Our apologies for the low quality video.

Here’s another helpful  video by Dr. Wible:

Tools / Tips

What to do when your coworker tells you that they are suicidal:

  1. If the situation is serious, call 911  (or  the emergency number in your country). If you aren’t comfortable with that, or at least the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: tel:1-800-273-8255:  More information here: http://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/role-co-workers-preventing-suicide-sprc-customized-information-series
  2.  Do some research. Here are some examples:

3. Check in with the person, and invite them to have a conversation. Make some excuse to engage them.

4. Don’t ignore signs of trouble and assume HR will intervene.  Research whether your workplace has an employee assistance program. Some people with depression feel too emotionally exhausted to take these kinds of steps to help themselves, so just doing this can help them immensely.

5. A goal oriented approach often helps more than a problem-based approach, when helping people overcome depression.

6. Call your Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) phone number for advice.

These are only a few ways to help. We recommend that you research other ways to help and seek expert guidance as needed.

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