Top causes of death among doctors
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Being a doctor comes with some serious rewards. Helping people overcome sickness and injury is fulfilling. The opportunity to learn and grow never ceases. And the pay isn’t too shabby, either.

Of course, the career is not without risks. In this article, we’ll explore causes that increase the risk of physician mortality.

First, the GOOD NEWS!!

Don’t let the introduction scare you too much. Despite an increased risk of death from certain causes, physicians still tend to live longer than those in other professions, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Data suggest two possibilities: Either healthier people choose medicine as a career, or people who’ve received medical training make healthier choices.

Now, the BAD NEWS!!

In a few stand-out areas, doctors appear to be at greater risk of dying than the general population: cerebrovascular disease, accidents, and suicide.

SUICIDE is the second most common cause of death. In the American Journal of Preventive Medicine study, researchers pointed to suicide as the cause of death in physicians between 0% and 4% of the time. Another study found suicide rates as much as 40% higher in male doctors and 130% higher in female doctors than the general population.

ACCIDENTS are common in healthcare settings. Sharp injuries, blood-borne pathogens, hazardous chemicals, anaesthetic gases, equipment hazards, and more all contribute to serious injury and sometimes death.

More studies are needed so we can better understand the risks inherent to the medical profession—and the steps that need to be taken to prevent unwarranted physician deaths.

Source: https://www.mdlinx.com/article/top-causes-of-death-among-doctors/76qnOm1zchU5MoGFqS5P1n
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