Physician Suicide Prevention and the Ethics and Role of a Healing Community: An American College of Physicians Policy Paper
Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD, and Mark Levine, MD, for the ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
Suicide is a major global public health issue, and, in recent years, there has been increasing recognition of the problem of physician suicide. Because suicide is a complex problem, actions aimed at preventing suicide must occur at the individual, interpersonal, community, and societal levels. The medical community has an obligation to foster a culture that supports education, screening, and access to mental health treatment, beginning at the earliest stages of medical training.
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Physician Suicide Prevention: The Ethics and Role of the Physician Colleague and the Healing Community
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