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Development of a Decision Aid to Prevent Firearm Suicide Among Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment/early Dementia

2021 Young Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $90,000
Focus Areas: Clinical Treatment Studies, Psychosocial Studies

Laura Prater, Ph.D., MPH

Laura Prater, Ph.D., MPH
University of Washington

Mentor: Marian Betz, M.D., MPH

Inside the Research

Serious health concerns are a known risk factor for suicide, and dementia is a major source of health-related disability among older adults. Little is known about suicidal desires and behaviors among older adults with dementia or cognitive impairment. We do know that many deaths by suicide among older Americans involve firearms. Using qualitative interviews of patients, family caregivers and health care providers, we will learn about decision-making needs to support the development of a firearm safe storage decision-making tool for use in a clinical setting.