Assessment of trauma exposure and post-traumatic stress in long-term care veterans

Preliminary data on psychometrics and post-traumatic stress disorder prevalence

Joan M. Cook, Jon D. Elhai, Erin L. Cassidy, Josef I. Ruzek, Gagan Deep Ram, Javaid Sheikh

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This article reports preliminary data on trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) prevalence, as well as test psychometrics, among 35 cognitively intact veterans residing in long-term care settings. Participants received a traumatic event screening, the Mini-Mental Status Examination, Combat Exposure Scale (CES), PTSD Checklist (PCL), and Mississippi Combat PTSD Scale (M-PTSD). Results demonstrated adequate reliability for the CES, PCL, and M-PTSD for use in these settings, with several significant intercorrelations. A high prevalence of trauma exposure was found, in particular combat. Based on the PCL and M-PTSD, although most veterans did not meet full PTSD diagnostic criteria, a moderate proportion met partial criteria. The need for assessment and treatment of trauma exposure and PTSD in Veterans Affairs long-term care settings is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)862-866
Number of pages5
JournalMilitary Medicine
Volume170
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Assessment of trauma exposure and post-traumatic stress in long-term care veterans : Preliminary data on psychometrics and post-traumatic stress disorder prevalence. / Cook, Joan M.; Elhai, Jon D.; Cassidy, Erin L.; Ruzek, Josef I.; Ram, Gagan Deep; Sheikh, Javaid.

In: Military Medicine, Vol. 170, No. 10, 10.2005, p. 862-866.

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Cook, Joan M. ; Elhai, Jon D. ; Cassidy, Erin L. ; Ruzek, Josef I. ; Ram, Gagan Deep ; Sheikh, Javaid. / Assessment of trauma exposure and post-traumatic stress in long-term care veterans : Preliminary data on psychometrics and post-traumatic stress disorder prevalence. In: Military Medicine. 2005 ; Vol. 170, No. 10. pp. 862-866.
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