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Title: Suicidality among Hong Kong nurses : prevalence and correlates
Authors: Cheung, T 
Lee, PH 
Yip, PSF
Keywords: Anxiety
Mental health
Mental health
Suicidal ideation
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: Journal of advanced nursing, 2016, v. 72, no. 4, p. 836-848 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of advanced nursing 
Abstract: Aims: The study estimates the prevalence and examines the socio-economic and psychological correlates of suicidality among professional nurses in Hong Kong. Background: Suicide rates among middle-aged employed groups have been increasing over the past few decades. There is a concern that medical occupational groups worldwide are at elevated risk of suicide. Nonetheless there are few population-based studies of suicide dealing with working-age Asian nurses.
Design: The study uses a cross-sectional survey design.
Method: Data were collected in Hong Kong over 4 weeks from October-November 2013. Statistical methods including descriptive analysis and univariate and multivariate cumulative logit modelling were used to examine the weighted prevalence rates of past-year suicidality and its associated factors in nurses.
Results: A total of 850 nurses participated in the study; 14·9% of participants had contemplated suicide while 2·9% had attempted suicide once or more in the past year. Women report suicidal thoughts or attempts more often than men. Religion, poor health, deliberate self-harm, depressive symptoms and poor self-perceived physical and mental health were significantly associated with nurses' suicidality.
Conclusions: Nurse professionals are not immune from mental health issues. Hong Kong's local health authority should put in place a raft of suicide prevention initiatives to promote mental wellness in the profession.
ISSN: 0309-2402
EISSN: 1365-2648
DOI: 10.1111/jan.12869
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