Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

: 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 460--461

Committing suicide by physicians: A summary from Thai situation

Sora Yasri1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Hainan, Haikou, China

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Sora Yasri
KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Committing suicide by physicians: A summary from Thai situation.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:460-461

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Committing suicide by physicians: A summary from Thai situation. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Aug 10 ];10:460-461
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Dear Sir,

The psychiatric problem is presently accepted as important public health concern.[1] Of several problems, committing suicide seems to be very serious and needs the proper public health prevention. Of interest, the physician who takes care of the health of others can as well develop psychiatric problem and commit suicide. This problem can be seen but is less mentioned. According to a recent study, the rate of committing suicide among physician is 0.021%.[2] The authors, hereby, review the published news on suicide by Thai physicians during a 3 year period (2013-2015). According to this study, there are at least three cases of committing suicide by Thai physicians [Table 1]. It can be seen that either male or female physicians can commit suicide and the methods used by them are various (while in the previous study by Maumovska, the common methods used are toxic substances or drug intake [2]). However, an interesting observation is the age group of the cases that usually are in the range of 31-40 years. This might mean that the physicians in this age group, who usually graduate the higher education and are early in career path, might undergo a lot of stress. Therefore, taking good care of the physician's mental health should as well be kept in mind in public health strategy. In addition, the attention should cover the medical students who are also in the group with high risk.[3]{Table 1}

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