What is it about?

Measures of PTSD have mostly been created and tested on veteran or emergency personnel populations but are commonly used in civilian mental health services. This research tested whether the PCL-5, a measure of PTSD, is still valid when used within NHS mental health services. Our findings suggest that the PCL-5 is a reliable measure of PTSD for use with civilian populations.

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Why is it important?

Veterans and emergency personnel are likely to experience different types of traumas compared with civilian populations. For example, veterans are more likely to have experienced war or combat trauma, whereas civilians may have experienced domestic violence or sexual trauma. It is important that how we measure PTSD is able to account for these differences in populations, to ensure that people receive the help that they need.

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This page is a summary of: A validation of the PCL–5 questionnaire for PTSD in primary and secondary care., Psychological Trauma Theory Research Practice and Policy, September 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/tra0001354.
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