The Wish to Die and 5-year mortality in elderly primary care patients
Attitude to Death
Primary Health Care
The wish to die was associated with mortality in the usual care of elderly primary care patients, suggesting that the wish to die has clinical significance and may be worth assessing even in patients without other evidence of depression. This association was not observed among depressed patients located in primary care practices that implemented the PROSPECT intervention, suggesting potential long-term benefits of treatment and management of depression.