Physician Suicide, Organizational Justice and the “Cry of pain” Model: Hopelessness, Helplessness and Defeat

A powerful piece of work with great references included for further reading. I will be thinking about how these American based Statistics may translate into my own research into the UK based NHS.

Disrupted Physician

They can be a terror to your mind and show you how to hold your tongue
They got mystery written all over their forehead
They kill babies in the crib and say only the good die young
They don’t believe in mercy
Judgement on them is something that you’ll never see
They can exalt you up or bring you down main route
Turn you into anything that they want you to be–Bob Dylan, Foot of Pride

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Although no reliable statistics yet exist, anecdotal reports suggest a marked rise in physician suicide in recent years. From the reports I am receiving it is a lot more than the oft cited “medical school class” of 400 per year.

This necessitates an evaluation of predisposing risk factors such as substance abuse and depression, but also requires a critical examination of what external forces may be involved in the descent from suicidal ideation to suicidal…

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One thought on “Physician Suicide, Organizational Justice and the “Cry of pain” Model: Hopelessness, Helplessness and Defeat

  1. Thanks for the reblog Sally. The FSPHP has international goals as a model for physician health programs and held their annual international meeting in London last September. . It is my understanding the NHS Practitioner Health Programme will replicate the FSPHP model. and that they played a role in the NHS endorsement of alcoholics anonymous to pave the way for the US PHP model which mandates coerced 12-step spirituality (even on “disruptive” physicians as they believe it is a manifestation of “character defects.” Dr. Michael Kaufmann was involved. He is a family practitioner from Ontario who is largely responsible for the “disruptive physician” construct as “moral panic” and “moral crusade.” The disruptive physician construct harmed the profession considerably and spawned “sham” peer-review.


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