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Death wishes in the very elderly: data from a 3-year follow-up study.
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PMID:  10937786     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to study the 3-year outcome of death wishes in an elderly population. METHOD: 1099 very elderly people were examined extensively by physicians, including a structured psychiatric interview. Three years later those who had survived were re-examined (n = 683) using a similar procedure. RESULTS: Of the sample, 11.6% (n = 128) had death wishes at the first examination and 8.9% (n = 54) at the follow-up. Of the 54, 17 have had death wishes persistently during the 3-year period; all of them had psychiatric diagnoses. Of those having death wishes at one of the examinations 70% had psychiatric diagnoses. Attrition was more common in the group with death wishes than in the group without when age, gender, somatic disorders including dementia and disability in daily living were taken into account. CONCLUSION: This study shows that there is a need for a psychiatric examination when elderly people express death wishes.
Y Forsell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica     Volume:  102     ISSN:  0001-690X     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Psychiatr Scand     Publication Date:  2000 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-08-23     Completed Date:  2000-08-23     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370364     Medline TA:  Acta Psychiatr Scand     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  135-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institution of Neuroscience, Occupational Therapy and Elderly Care, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Aged / psychology*
Attitude to Death*
Dementia / diagnosis,  epidemiology
Disability Evaluation
Disabled Persons / statistics & numerical data
Follow-Up Studies
Mental Disorders / diagnosis*,  epidemiology,  psychology
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / statistics & numerical data
Right to Die
Risk Factors
Social Support

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