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SADPERSONS scale in assessing self harm risk

Report By: Dr Shafi Sarmathulla Khan, Specialist Registrar

Search checked by: Dr Jonathan Benger, Consultant

Institution: Department of Emergency Medicine, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Three part question

(In adult patients presenting to the ED with recent self harm) does (the SADPERSONS scale) accurately predict (further self harm risk).

Clinical scenario

A 28-year-old male with known depression attends the Emergency Department (ED) six hours after a small overdose of benzodiazepines. He is threatening to leave the ED prior to mental health assessment. You wonder whether the SADPERSONS scale is useful in predicting his risk of further self harm or completed suicide.

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