Brief report: Utility of a short screening scale for DSM-IV PTSD in primary care
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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate Breslau’s 7-item screen for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for use in primary care.
DESIGN: One hundred and thirty-four patients were recruited from primary care clinics at a large medical center. Participants completed the self-administered 7-item PTSD screen. Later, psychologists blinded to the results of the screen-interviewed patients using the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS). Sensitivity, specificity, and likelihood ratios (LR) were calculated using the CAPS as the criterion for PTSD.
RESULTS: The screen appears to have test-retest reliability (r=.84), and LRs range from 0.04 to 13.4.
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Journal of General Internal Medicine
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- 1. National Center for PTSD, VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, 795 Willow Rd., PTSD-334, 94025, Menlo Park, CA
- 2. Syracuse VA Medical Center, Syracuse, NY, USA
- 3. San Jose State University and VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA, USA
- 4. Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA
- 5. VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA