Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 (PC-PTSD-5)

A five question screener for PTSD


The Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 (PC-PTSD-5) is a five question questionnaire that was designed for use in primary care to screen for traumatic events over the last month of the patient's life. It's a relatively new questionnaire researched in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and was designed to identify respondents with probable Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in a outpatient primary care setting). It’s not a well-studied questionnaire but it has some psychometric research.

It’s a revised version of the Primary Care PTSD screen (PC-PTSD), updated to reflect the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria for PTSD. In general, a cut off score of 4 optimized the balance between sensitivity and specificity, whereas a cut off score of 5 maximized specificity. Patients found the screen acceptable and indicated a preference for administration by their primary care providers.


The Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 (PC-PTSD-5) calculator is created by QxMD.

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1. Sometimes things happen to people that are unusually or especially frightening, horrible, or traumatic. Have you ever experienced this kind of event?

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For example

  • a serious accident or fire

  • a physical or sexual assault or abuse

  • an earthquake or flood

  • a war

  • seeing someone be killed or seriously injured

  • having a loved one die through homicide or suicide

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