Suicidality among Hong Kong nurses: Prevalence and correlates

Teris Cheung, Hong Lee, Paul S.F. Yip

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)836-848
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume72
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mental health
  • Nurses
  • Stress
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Suicidality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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