Risk of suicide in patients with dementia: a case study
Linda Nicholson Lecturer in health and social care, Dundee College, Dundee
Evidence indicates that the risk of attempted suicide is a significant issue among people with dementia, however there is a lack of information to guide professional practice. This article uses a case study to reflect on the risk management strategies and ethics of suicide and assisted suicide in relation to a specific patient with dementia. It analyses recommendations aimed at improving the lived experience of people with dementia and those involved in their care, including providing patients with a formal diagnosis as early as possible.
Nursing Standard. 28, 11,43-49. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.11.28.11.43.e7950
Received: 03 June 2013
Accepted: 09 September 2013
Published in print: 13 November 2013Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review