Suicide Plan Tracking Scale (SPTS)

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About the SPTS
License Agreements for Use of the SPTS
Related Documents
Training for the SPTS
Translations and Linguistic Validation of the SPTS
How to Cite the SPTS


About the SPTS

The Suicide Plan Tracking Scale (SPTS) is a 7-page scale.  Page 1 contains directions for patients.  Pages 2 through 7 of the SPTS contains 35 questions which covers 7 domains of suicide planning:

  • suicide method
  • suicide means
  • suicide location
  • suicide date / timeframe
  • suicidal intent
  • incomplete preparations
  • people involved

The 2 Optional Items pages of the SPTS provide the clinician with additional information about the factors that impact the patient’s suicidal planning.

We recommend the use of a systematic, structured approach to elicit information on suicide planning and to track these details over time.  It can be rated in 3 ways: 1. patient-rated; 2. clinician-rated; or 3. patient-rated followed by a blind clinician-rating, followed by a reconciliation of these ratings in a joint interview.  The SPTS is designed for use in clinical research studies and in clinical settings.

For any scientific questions relating to the SPTS, contact Jennifer M. Giddens directly by email at: jennifermgiddens@gmail.com

To view a copy of the SPTS (click here)

To purchase and download a copy of the SPTS (click here)


License Agreements for Use of the SPTS

To license the SPTS for Use in a Study or for a Healthcare System:

  • To License the Paper / PDF Version for Use in a Research Study with Grants >$50,000 or for a Pharmaceutical Company – There is a charge of $2 per single administration (not per patient enrolled). The amount is payable in full before study initiation.  (click here to download this license agreement)
  • To License the Paper / PDF Version for Use in a Research Study with Grants <$50,000 – The SPTS is available free of charge to undergraduate and graduate students and for academic colleagues for educational use and for use in a small study with less than $50,000 funding as long as it is properly cited and proper copyright attribution is given on any study documents.  (click here to download this license agreement)
  • To License the Paper / PDF Version for Use in a Healthcare System – There is a charge of $2 per single administration (not per patient). The amount is payable in full before use.  (click here to download this license agreement)
  • To LicenseComputerized / Electronic / Mobile or Tablet App Version for Use – contact jennifermgiddens@gmail.com

Directions and Scoring Instructions (click here)

Training Slides (coming soon)

Sheehan & Giddens Mapping Tables Scoring Forms (click here)

Tracking Logs (click here)


Training for the SPTS

For information about training on the SPTS, please contact: jennifermgiddens@gmail.com


Translations and Linguistic Validation of the SPTS

Mapi (http://www.mapigroup.com) is the official translation and linguistic validation service for all variants of the SPTS.

MAPI Language Services is the exclusive coordinating center to ensure the production of consistent and conceptually equivalent translations of the SPTS and to provide linguistic validation and certification of these translations and should be contacted directly for this purpose.  MAPI Language Services may charge its own usual fees for this work.

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How to Cite the SPTS

Use the following citations in referencing the SPTS:

  1. Giddens, J. M., & Sheehan, D. V. (2014). The Complexity of Assessing Overall Severity of Suicidality: A Case Study. Innovations in clinical neuroscience, 11(9-10), 164. PDF: http://innovationscns.epubxp.com/i/425963/164
  2. Sheehan DV, Giddens JM. (2015). Suicidality: A Roadmap for Assessment and Treatment. (1st ed.). Tampa, FL: Harm Research Press. Nov. 2015 (Available from: http://HarmResearch.org) ISBN: 978-0-9969729-0-1
  3. Sheehan DV, Giddens JM. (2016). Suicidality Assessment and Documentation for Healthcare Providers: A Brief, Practical Guide. (1st ed.). Tampa, FL: Harm Research Press. April 2016. (Available from: http://HarmResearch.org) ISBN: 978-0-9969729-1-8