The desire for death of a terminally ill patient can be scored based on observing the person's attitudes and statements about death.
no information or refused to answer
no desire to die soon
has had occasional fleeting thoughts
often feels that he/she would like to die, but not always
has a genuine desire for death; has discussed this desire with others, but is not consumed with the prospect
has difficulty diverting thoughts from the desire to die; prays for death
obsessed with the wish for death; talks of little else; asks for euthanasia; prays for death almost constantly
from Table 1, page 1187
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