- The Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 (PC-PTSD-5) is a 5-item screen designed to identify individuals with probable PTSD. Those screening positive require further assessment, preferably with a structured interview.
- The measure begins with an item designed to assess whether the respondent has had any exposure to traumaticevents. If a respondent denies exposure, the PC-PTSD-5 is complete with a score of 0.
- If a respondent indicates a trauma history – experiencing a traumatic event over the course of his or her life – the respondent is instructed to answer five additional yes/no questions (see below) about how that trauma has affected him or her over the past month.
- Preliminary results from validation studies suggest that the PC-PTSD-5 should be considered “positive” (i.e., the patient has probable PTSD) if the total score for the five questions about how a traumatic event has affected him or her over the past month is three or more.
Sometimes things happen to people that are unusually or especially frightening, horrible, or traumatic. For example:
- a serious accident or fire
- a physical or sexual assault or abuse
- an earthquake or flood
- a war
- seeing someone be killed or seriously injured
- having a loved one die through homicide or suicide.
Have you ever experienced this kind of event?
YES | NO
- If no, screen total = 0. Please stop here.
- If yes, please answer the questions below.
In the past month, have you…