Investigating predictors of mortality in persons with dementia reported missing


  • In persons with dementia (PWD) who are reported as missing, duration of time missing is a strong predictor of mortality; while online search tools can provide insight into trends and outcomes of PWD, they lack consistency in definitions, searching and reporting.

Why this matters

  • PWD that are reported missing are known to be at an increased risk of harm (including mortality) and cause additional worry to their carers – identifying methods to understand trends among PWD can help ease this burden.