Because treatment of PTSD requires specialized training and intensive, often prolonged, treatment, it is not typically treated in primary care settings. However, PCPs can play a vital role by detecting the presence of PTSD, helping patients understand that they may have PTSD, educating patients about their treatment options and prescribing recommended medication when needed. PCPs can use the PC-PTSD-5 to screen for PTSD. The test is simple, easy to administer and score, and was developed specifically for use in primary care settings.
The following tools are being provided to assist in the identification of PTSD in your patients.
Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 (PC-PTSD-5)
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U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs: PTSD
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
American Academy of Pediatrics: Trauma Toolbox for Primary Care
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