MORTALITY OF DOCTORS IN DIFFERENT SPECIALTIES,
FINDINGS FROM A COHORT OF 20,000 NHS HOSPITAL CONSULTANTS.
CARPENTER, SWERDLOW, FEAR, OCCUP ENVIRON MED 1997
18,358 male and 2168 female NHS hospital consultants employed in England and Wales studied.
The 2798 deaths reported during the 30 year study were less than half the number expected on the basis of national rates.
This is probably due to lower incidence of smoking, better access to health care, and beneficial health related activities.
Low mortality for cardiovascular disease, smoking related diseases and diabetes.
Increased substance abuse deaths amongst male consultants particularly ob gyn specialists.
Twofold increase in suicide amongst female consultants particularly anaesthetists.
Raised mortality in psychiatrists from all causes, particularly colon cancer.
Increased death from cirrhosis and melanoma amongst anaesthetists.