ABSTRACT

Prevalence of PTSD in Primary Care Settings   [open pdf - 530KB]

This article on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) discusses findings of higher percentages of PTSD cases in primary care settings than in general populations. From the article: "As many as one in five primary care patients have significant mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In national probability samples in the U.S., the lifetime prevalence of PTSD is estimated at 6.8% (Kessler et al., 2005) and current prevalence in the past 12 months at 3.5% (Kessler et al., 2005). PTSD is related to higher levels of health-related problems (Schnurr & Green, 2004) and to lower levels of functioning (Thorp & Stein, 2005). The same experiences that qualify for DSM-IV PTSD criterion A(e.g., war, disaster, sexual abuse, severe physical injury) also commonly lead to medical visits. Taken together, these findings suggest that PTSD may be prevalent in primary care settings. The goal of this report is to summarize the current literature that examines the prevalence of PTSD in primary care settings. Results based on archival reviews and self-reports are contrasted, and the methods used in the research to date are considered."

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2006
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Public Domain
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National Center for PTSD: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/
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PTSD Research Quarterly (Spring 2006), v.17 no.2
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