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Document ID (ISN)112021
CIS number 11-0748
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Platt B., Hawton K., Simkin S., Mellanby R.J.
Title Systematic review of the prevalence of suicide in veterinary surgeons
Bibliographic information Sep. 2010, Vol.60, No.6, p.436-446. Illus. 33 ref.
Internet access Systematic_review.pdf [in English]
Abstract There is preliminary evidence to suggest that veterinary surgeons are a group at risk of suicide. The objective of this study was to conduct a systematic review of studies of rates and methods of suicide in this profession. A systematic search of the international research literature was performed in May 2008. The data from the 19 studies of the prevalence of suicide in the veterinary profession were extracted by two independent reviewers and analysed. Between 0 and 43% of veterinary surgeon deaths were due to suicide. In all but one of the 15 studies presenting risk of suicide in veterinary surgeons with a comparison population, an elevated risk was found. The better quality studies with the lowest risk of bias indicated that in the United Kingdom, the rate of suicide in the veterinary profession was at least three times the general population rate. Studies of the methods of suicide veterinary surgeons use suggest that self-poisoning and firearms are particularly common. There appears to be an elevated risk of suicide for veterinary surgeons in several countries. Access to means of suicide influences the methods used and may contribute to increased risk.
Descriptors (primary) suicide; surgical treatment; veterinary services; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) firearms; poisoning; literature survey; computerized data bases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental health
Health care services