Table 1

Distribution of scores on the desire-for-death rating scale (n=377)

Desire for death scoreDescriptionNumber of patients%
0No desire for death26269.5
1Minimal—eg, only occasionally has fleeting thoughts3810.1
2Mild—eg, sometimes feels he/she would like an early death, but not always318.2
3Moderate—eg, has a genuine desire for early death that is reported to be consistent over time, but is not consumed with the prospect112.9
4Strong—eg, most of the time feels a pervasive wish for death to come soon143.7
5Severe—eg, almost all of the time has a strong desire for death to come; prays for death92.4
6Extreme—eg, constant strong desire for death to come soon; thinks of little else; often prays for death123.2