Brief screening instrument for post-traumatic stress disorder.



Brief screening instruments appear to be a viable way of detecting post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but none has yet been adequately validated.


To test and cross-validate a brief instrument that is simple to administer and score.


Forty-one survivors of a rail crash were administered a questionnaire, followed by a structured clinical interview 1 week later.


Excellent prediction of a PTSD diagnosis was provided by respondents endorsing at least six re-experiencing or arousal symptoms, in any combination. The findings were replicated on data from a previous study of 157 crime victims.


Performance of the new measure was equivalent to agreement achieved between two full clinical interviews.

Comment in Screening for PTSD. [Br J Psychiatry. 2002]

Chris R. Brewin, Suzanna Rose, Bernice Andrews, John Green, Philip Tata, Chris Mcevedy, Stuart Turner, Edna B. Foa | 2002
In: The British journal of psychiatry, ISSN 0007-1250 | 181 | 2 | Aug | 158-162
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