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Médecine du travail du personnel hospitalier

Cause-specific mortality among neurosurgeons

Auteur S Scott Lollis
Auteur Pablo A Valdes
Auteur Zhongze Li
Auteur Perry A Ball
Auteur David W Roberts
Résumé Object The authors sought to determine a cause-specific mortality profile for US neurosurgeons during the period 1979-2005. Methods Neurosurgeons who died during the study period were identified from the Physician Master File database. Using the National Death Index, the reported cause of death was identified for 93.7% of decedents. Standardized mortality ratios were used to compare mortality risk in the study cohort to that of the US population. Results There was a marked reduction in mortality from virtually all causes in comparison with the control population. This finding is consistent with prior studies of mortality in physicians. The small number of deaths among female neurosurgeons precluded meaningful analysis for this group. Increased mortality risk for male neurosurgeons was seen from leukemia, nervous system disease (particularly Alzheimer disease), and aircraft accidents. Deaths from viral hepatitis and HIV infection, considered to be occupational hazards for surgeons, were less frequent than in the general population. Suicide, drug-related deaths, and alcohol-related deaths were less frequent than in the general population. Conclusions Neurosurgeons may be at higher risk for death from leukemia, aircraft accidents, and diseases of the nervous system, particularly Alzheimer disease; however, the mortality profile of neurosurgeons is favorable when compared with the general population.
Publication Journal of Neurosurgery
Date Feb 19, 2010
Abréviation de revue J Neurosurg

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