By Kristen Schepker
Doctor suicide is a painful reality that hospitals, clinic networks, and medical schools go out of their way to deny.
But with the emergence of a documentary called Do No Harm, and a surge of media attention following the suicide of Dr. Lorna Breen during New York City’s first COVID peak, healthcare leaders are finally being forced to reckon with the ugly truth that in many institutions, medicine has become culture of abuse.
American physicians kill themselves at an alarmingly high rate. A least one doctor commits suicide every day in the US, according to research presented two years ago at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting. Investigators at the Harlem Hospital Center in New York did a systematic literature review of physician suicides and identified a staggering rate of 28 to 40 per 100,000––more than twice the general population rate of 12.3 per 100,000.
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