Evaluation of Suicidal Patients: The SAD PERSONS Scale
Patterson W M~~et al
An easily learned scale utilizing a brief acronym (SAD PERSONS), and based on ten major risk factors, is presented for assessing likelihood of a suicide attempt. A group of medical students who were taught SAD PERSONS demonstrated a significantly greater ability to accurately evaluate and make recommendations for disposition of a low-risk and a high-risk patient, as judged by three experienced psychiatrists. A control group rated both patients as higher risk for suicide.