Daily Bolus of LR: SAD PERSONS Assessment Scale in Depression

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September 9, 2011 by dailybolusoflr

SAD PERSONS Assessment Scale in Depression

The SAD PERSONS scale is a validated scale which can be used in the ED for the assessment of patients with depression and suicide risk.


Sex (male) 1

Age 45 1

Depression or hopelessness 1

Previous suicide attempt or psychiatric hospitalization 1

Excessive alcohol or drug use 1

Rational thinking loss 2

Single, divorced or widowed 1

Organized or serious suicide attempt 2

No social support 1

Stated future intent 2

< 6 Safe for outpatient management
6-9 Emergency psychiatric evaluation
> 9 Inpatient hospitalization

Ref: J Emerg Med 1998:6:99-107

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