Detection of Suicidal Risk Among Hospitalized Veterans: Preliminary Experience With a Suicide Prediction Scale
Eisenberg M G~~Hubbard K M~~et al
The Suicide Probability Scale’s (SPS) usefulness in detecting persons at risk was examined. The records of 1397 patients who were administered the SPS & a 20% random sample of patients scoring in the severe range were reviewed. Results suggest that while the SPS appears to accurately identify patients who have potentially dangerous levels of suicidal ideation, it does not adequately determine lethality or chronicity of suicidal ideation without intent. Potential uses of the SPS are discussed.