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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Weekly Blog Roundup: Ep. 3

Welcome to the weekly blog roundup!  We hope that you have had a lovely week so far. Here are a few interesting blogs from the blogosphere this week:
1. ACGME: Clinically-Driven Standards
2. Dr. Dahlia: 24-hour Medical Intern Shift Reinstated 3.
4. Science Life:  Watch a neuroscientist explain one concept at 5 levels of difficulty
5.  Latest Science News: The hazards of English spelling
6. Medscape: Stimulants Enhance Cognitive Performance in Top Chess Players
7. Engaget: Airbnb might soon be legal in Japan
8. A Country Doctor:  EMRs are Dangerous: Let’s Change That
9. Dan Hodge: Creating a culture
10. K Brent Tomer:  Pink Floyd’s rock opera, as opera
12. Hours and Miles: Work, Culture, and Workplace Culture
13. Felipe Lima: Dois Dedos de Música com Antony Left
14. Embracing the diversity: Starting from the beginning. Bilingualism? It’s not easy.
15.Alien at Home : “TCKs in Transition”

©Allison J. Weaver Consulting, LLC 2017

Resources For Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a tough topic to discuss, but continues to  be a relevant problem in the industry of healthcare today. People know about the suicides in medical schools around the world, but few know about the high rate of suicide that’s happening among practising professionals, especially physicians and surgeons. We are not Psychologist by trade, so we thought we would share some relevant articles and tips from the psychological community.

“We are currently seeing unprecedented intent to improve mental health and prevent suicide from all levels of Government, what we need to do now is channel this energy into projects and services that make a difference on the ground. The NSPA conference has shown some brilliant of examples of what can be done to prevent suicide and we must continue to be ambitious in how we tackle it…Suicide rates are still unacceptably high. We are still losing too many brothers, sisters, parents, and friends. We now have a unique opportunity to come together to enact practical, proven solutions and save lives.” – Brian Dow, co-Chair of the NSPA and Director of External Affairs at Rethink Mental Illness

To read more about this issue from the National Suicide Prevention Alliance’s perspective, please read this article: If we act now we can make a real and lasting difference to suicide prevention

Another important article published by the British Psychological Society,  called It’s OK to talk this World Suicide Prevention Day,  discusses how people are being encouraged to reach out to others when life becomes overwhelming.

PLOS is another great resource for suicide prevention and other psychological topics.

Other organisations that are excellent for providing help for those struggling with suicide are: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,  National Institute for  Mental Health, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the  Netherlands Suicide Hotline.

The last resource we’d like to provide today is the World Health Organization’s  Community Engagement Toolkit. You can download it here.

Please feel free to share this with others who may know people in need of help, and SAVE a life. 

©Allison J. Weaver Consulting, LLC 2017