Talk to the Veterans Crisis Line now
U.S. flag
An official website of the United States government

VA Health Systems Research

Go to the VA ORD website
Go to the QUERI website

HSR&D Citation Abstract

Search | Search by Center | Search by Source | Keywords in Title

Suicide risk in first year after dementia diagnosis in older adults.

Schmutte T, Olfson M, Maust DT, Xie M, Marcus SC. Suicide risk in first year after dementia diagnosis in older adults. Alzheimer's & dementia : the journal of the Alzheimer's Association. 2022 Feb 1; 18(2):262-271.

Dimensions for VA is a web-based tool available to VA staff that enables detailed searches of published research and research projects.

If you have VA-Intranet access, click here for more information

VA staff not currently on the VA network can access Dimensions by registering for an account using their VA email address.
   Search Dimensions for VA for this citation
* Don't have VA-internal network access or a VA email address? Try searching the free-to-the-public version of Dimensions


INTRODUCTION: Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or related dementias (ADRD) can be a pivotal and stressful period. We examined the risk of suicide in the first year after ADRD diagnosis relative to the general geriatric population. METHODS: We identified a national cohort of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged  =  65 years with newly diagnosed ADRD (n  =  2,667,987) linked to the National Death Index. RESULTS: The suicide rate for the ADRD cohort was 26.42 per 100,000 person-years. The overall standardized mortality ratio (SMR) for suicide was 1.53 (95% confidence interval [CI]  =  1.42, 1.65) with the highest risk among adults aged 65 to 74 years (SMR  =  3.40, 95% CI  =  2.94, 3.86) and the first 90 days after ADRD diagnosis. Rural residence and recent mental health, substance use, or chronic pain conditions were associated with increased suicide risk. DISCUSSION: Results highlight the importance of suicide risk screening and support at the time of newly diagnosed dementia, particularly for patients aged  <  75 years.

Questions about the HSR website? Email the Web Team

Any health information on this website is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any condition.