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The Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 (PC-PTSD-5) is a screening tool designed to identify persons with probable PTSD. Available data suggest the PC-PTS-5 screen should be considered “positive” if the respondent answers “yes” to any 3 items in the questions listed below. Those screening positive should have further assessment with a structured interview for PTSD, preferably performed by a mental health professional who has experience in diagnosing PTSD. 

Had nightmares about the event(s) or thought about the event(s) when you did not want to?
Tried hard not to think about the event(s) or went out of your way to avoid situations that reminded you of the event(s)?
Been constantly on guard, watchful, or easily startled?
Felt numb or detached from people, activities, or your surroundings?
Felt guilty or unable to stop blaming yourself or others for the events(s) or any problems the event(s) may have caused?
Current research suggests that the results of the PC-PTSD-5 should be considered "positive" if a patient answers "yes" to any three items.
The client's priority concern.
What does your supervisor need to know about the client's situation?

Suggested Resource
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. PTSD: National Center for PTSD

Source: Prins A, Bovin MJ, Smolenski DJ, et al. The Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 (PC-PTSD-5): Development and Evaluation Within a Veteran Primary Care Sample. J Gen Intern Med. 2016;31:1206-11.