The patient safety screener: validation of a brief suicide risk screener for emergency department settings
Department of Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry and Psychology
This study evaluated the concurrent validity of a brief suicide risk screener for adults in the emergency department (ED). Two versions of the verbally administered Patient Safety Screener (2-item, 3-item) were compared to a reference standard, the Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation (BSSI). Analyses included measures of agreement (Kappa). Agreement between the Patient Safety Screener-2 and -3 and the BSSI (n = 951) was almost perfect for overall positive screening (K = 0.94-0.95) and past suicide attempts (K = 0.97-0.98). Agreement on ideation ranged from fair (K = 0.34) for the 2-item version to good (K = 0.61) for the 3-item version. The Patient Safety Screener's concurrent validity with the BSSI ranged from fair to almost perfect and warrants additional study.
emergency medicine, emergency psychiatry, suicide screening and assessment
DOI of Published Version
Arch Suicide Res. 2015;19(2):151-60. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2015.1034604. Link to article on publisher's site
Archives of suicide research : official journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research
Boudreaux, Edwin D.; Jaques, Michelle L.; Brady, Kaitlyn M.; Matson, Adam; and Allen, Michael H., "The patient safety screener: validation of a brief suicide risk screener for emergency department settings" (2015). Emergency Medicine Publications and Presentations. 145.