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2022 Nov 21

BMC Geriatr



Lifelong versus not lifelong death wishes in older adults without severe illness: a cross-sectional survey.


Elzinga E, Zomers M, van der Burg K, van Veen S, Schweren L, van Thiel G, van Wijngaarden E
BMC Geriatr. 2022 Nov 21; 22(1):885.
PMID: 36411442.


Some older adults with a persistent death wish without being severely ill report having had a death wish their whole lives (lifelong persistent death wish; L-PDW). Differentiating them from older adults without severe illness who developed a death wish later in life (persistent death wish, not lifelong; NL-PDW) can be relevant for the provision of adequate help and support. This study aims to gain insight into the characteristics, experiences, and needs of older adults with a L-PDW versus older adults with a NL-PDW and into the nature of their death wishes.