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Protocol - PTSD Screener - DSM-IV

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This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.

Availability:

Publicly available

Description:

The Primary Care-PTSD Screen (PC-PTSD-IV) for The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) is a self-administered instrument that includes four yes/no items that capture post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-related experiences in the past month. It is designed to be used in primary care settings but is not restricted to those settings. It has most often been used to screen for PTSD in veterans at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs but is not limited to military-related PTSD. Screening with PC-PTSD-IV is considered positive if the respondent answers yes to any three items. Provisional PTSD status based on screening typically requires verification with a structured interview for PTSD such as the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS; see [mlink[630400|PTSD Symptoms, Severity and Diagnosis]]).

Protocol:

Primary Care-PTSD Screen (PC-PTSD-IV) for The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV)

Instructions:

In your life, have you ever had any experience that was so frightening, horrible, or upsetting that, in the past month, you:

1. Have had nightmares about it or thought about it when you did not want to?

[ ] YES

[ ] NO

2. Tried hard not to think about it or went out of your way to avoid situations that reminded you of it?

[ ] YES

[ ] NO

3. Were constantly on guard, watchful, or easily startled?

[ ] YES

[ ] NO

4. Felt numb or detached from others, activities, or your surroundings?

[ ] YES

[ ] NO

Scoring:

The results of the PC-PTSD should be considered "positive" if a patient answers "yes" to any three items.

Personnel and Training Required

None

Equipment Needs

None

Requirements

Requirement CategoryRequired
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individualNo
Major equipmentNo
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collectionNo
Specialized trainingNo

Mode of Administration

Self-administered

Life Stage:

Adult

Specific Instructions:

This measure includes both the DSM-IV and DSM-5 versions of the Primary Care-PTSD Screen. The PhenX PTSD Working Group anticipates that scientific demands will dictate that researchers typically collect data in accordance with the most recent PTSD criteria and will use the DSM-5 version of the protocol. However, under special circumstances (e.g., when adding to older, existing data sets), researchers may decide to use the DSM-IV version instead

The PC-PTSD and the Diagnostic Interview for Genetic Studies (DIGS) protocol included in the Post-traumatic Stress Disorder measure in the PhenX Psychiatric Domain collect similar information. Therefore, selecting both the PC-PTSD Checklist and DIGS will result in overlapping protocols. In contrast to the PC-PTSD, the DIGS excludes (i.e., skips out) participants that do not meet Criterion A2 (intense feelings of fear, helplessness, or horror).

Research Domain Information

Release Date:

November 21, 2014

Definition

A questionnaire to screen for the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Purpose

This measure is designed to screen efficiently for the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in settings with limited time and resources.

Selection Rationale

The Primary Care-PTSD Screen (PC-PTSD-IV) for The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) is a brief, widely used, psychometrically sound instrument that has been shown to accurately identify patients who may qualify for a PTSD diagnosis. PC-PTSD-IV provides investigators with the ability to collect screening data that are consistent with prior foundational work on PTSD.

Language

English

Standards

StandardNameIDSource
Common Data Elements (CDE)PTSD Screener Questionnaire Score4588675CDE Browser

Process and Review

This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.

Source

Prins, A., Ouimette, P., Kimerling, R., Cameron, R. P., Hugelshofer, D. S., Shaw-Hegwer, J., Thrailkill, A., Gusman, F. D., & Sheikh, J. I. (2003). The primary care PTSD screen (PC-PTSD): Development and operating characteristics. Primary Care Psychiatry, 9, 9-14.

The Primary Care-PTSD Screen (PC-PTSD-IV) for The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) is available from the National Center for PTSD at www.ptsd.va.gov.

General References

Kaloupek, D. G., Chard, K. M., Freed, M. C., Peterson, A. L., Riggs, D. S., Stein, M. B., & Tuma, F. (2010). Common data elements for posttraumatic stress disorder research. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91(11), 1684-1691.

Norris, F. H., & Hamblen, J. L. (2004). Standardized self-report measures of civilian trauma and PTSD. In J. P. Wilson, T. M. Keane, & T. Martin (Eds.). Assessing psychological trauma and PTSD (pp. 63-102). New York: Guilford Press

Orsillo, S. M. (2001). Measures for acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. In M. M. Antony & S. M. Orsillo (Eds.). Practitioner’s guide to empirically based measures of anxiety (pp. 255-307). New York: KluwerAcademic/Plenum.

Prins, A., Ouimette, P., Kimerling, R., Cameron, R. P., Hugelshofer, D. S., Shaw-Hegwer, J., Thrailkill, A., Gusman, F.D., & Sheikh, J. I. (2004). The primary care PTSD screen (PC-PTSD): Corrigendum. Primary Care Psychiatry, 9, 151.

Protocol ID:

630201

Variables:

Export Variables
Variable NameVariable IDVariable DescriptionVersiondbGaP Mapping
PX630201_PTSD_Experience_Upsetting_NightmaresPX630201010000In your life, have you ever had any experience that was so frightening, horrible, or upsetting that, in the past month, you: Have had nightmares about it or thought about it when you did not want to?4N/A
PX630201_PTSD_Experience_Upsetting_AvoidPX630201020000In your life, have you ever had any experience that was so frightening, horrible, or upsetting that, in the past month, you: Tried hard not to think about it or went out of your way to avoid situations that reminded you of it?4N/A
PX630201_PTSD_Experience_Upsetting_OnGuardPX630201030000In your life, have you ever had any experience that was so frightening, horrible, or upsetting that, in the past month, you: Were constantly on guard, watchful, or easily startled?4N/A
PX630201_PTSD_Experience_Upsetting_NumbPX630201040000In your life, have you ever had any experience that was so frightening, horrible, or upsetting that, in the past month, you: Felt numb or detached from others, activities, or your surroundings?4N/A
PX630201_PTSD_Experience_Upsetting_SccringPX630201050000The results of the PC-PTSD should be considered "positive" if a patient answers "yes" to any three items.4N/A