Risk of suicide in patients with dementia: a case study
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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.

Correspondence linda.nicholson4@virginmedia.com

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 2013

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review