2 in 3 know a physician who has tried or died by suicide

Nearly two-thirds of physicians know another doctor who has tried or died by suicide, according to a Medscape poll published last month. The survey found 65 percent of physicians, 41 percent of nurses and 38 percent of medical students knew a physician who tried or died by suicide.

The poll—collecting responses from 661 physicians, 136 nurses and 61 medical students—cited depression (32 percent), burnout (31 percent) and stress (28 percent) as the highest mentioned reasons for suicide attempts.

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