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Rate of Suicide Among Women Nurses Compared With Women in the General Population Before the COVID-19 Global Pandemic

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In this issue of JAMA Psychiatry, Davis et al1 have identified a population at high risk for suicide that warrants immediate attention. In a large retrospective cohort study of 159 372 suicides from 2007 to 2018 in the United States, sex-specific suicide incidence rates among nurses, physicians, and the general population were estimated using data from the National Violent Death Reporting System and workforce data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics and Association of American Medical Colleges’ State Physician Workforce Data. Findings indicate that suicide rates among nurses exceed those of people in the general population and that female nurses are at twice the risk for suicide compared with women in the general population.

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Corresponding Author: Constance Guille, MD, MSCR, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, 67 President St, MSC 861, Charleston, SC 29425 (guille@musc.edu).

Published Online: April 14, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.0141

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Guille has reported grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, The American Foundation on Suicide Prevention, and The Duke Endowment as well as serving on the advisory board and speakers bureau of Sage Therapeutics. No other disclosures were reported.

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