JAMA Neurology | Risk of Suicide After Dementia Diagnosis

JAMA Neurology

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 11 A.M. (ET), MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2022

Media advisory: The full study is linked to this news release.

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Citation

Alothman D, Card T, Lewis S, Tyrrell E, Fogarty AW, Marshall CR. Risk of Suicide After Dementia Diagnosis. JAMA Neurol. Published online October 03, 2022. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2022.3094

About The Study: The results of this nationally representative study including 594,000 persons in England suggest that there was an increased risk of suicide associated with dementia in patients diagnosed before the age of 65, those with a recent dementia diagnosis (within 3 months), and those with existing diagnoses of psychiatric comorbidities. In particular, there was an association between increased suicide risk in patients who were diagnosed younger than 65 years in the 3-month post-diagnostic period. Diagnostic and management services for dementia, in both primary and secondary care settings, should target suicide risk assessment to the identified high-risk groups.

Authors: Danah Alothman, B.M.B.Ch., M.P.H., of the University of Nottingham in Nottingham, United Kingdom, is the corresponding authors.

(doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2022.3094)

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