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The worldwide English language literature on suicide in nurses is reviewed in this article. There is evidence from several countries that female nurses are at increased risk of suicide. Very little information is available about the specific causes. Increased risk in nurses has been statistically associated with smoking and negatively related to extent of caffeine consumption. Unlike some other high-risk occupational groups, it is unclear to what extent access to means for suicide contributes to nurses' risk. The methodological issues and specific needs of research concerning suicide in nurses are discussed.


Journal article


Suicide Life Threat Behav

Publication Date





86 - 95


Adolescent, Adult, Age Distribution, Comorbidity, Depression, Female, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Hospitals, Humans, Iceland, Male, Mental Disorders, Middle Aged, Nurses, Occupational Diseases, Registries, Risk Factors, Sex Distribution, Smoking, Stress, Psychological, Substance-Related Disorders, Suicide, United Kingdom, United States, Workforce