‘Death thoughts’ under-recognised in female carers
Information from 2000 carers looking after people with terminal illness or disability found 7.1% had felt ‘life was not worth living’ in the previous week compared with 5.7% of non-carers, a statistically significant difference.
The women were participants in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.
The researchers said it was the first study to look at suicidality in such individuals and suggested health professionals need to identify and support them.
Maturitas 2014; in press