Journal article

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Primary Care: A Study of General Practices in England

Sean Cowlishaw, Olivia Metcalf, Caleb Stone, Meaghan O'Donnell, Annett Lotzin, David Forbes, Kelsey Hegarty, David Kessler

Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2020


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may be a common issue in primary care in the UK, but there have been no studies of all-cause PTSD in general samples of attenders in this country. The current paper thus explores the extent and distribution of probable PTSD among patients attending general practices in England. Cross-sectional survey data from adult patients (n = 1058) attending 11 general practices in southwest England were analysed. Patients were recruited from waiting rooms and completed anonymous questionnaires, including measures of depression, anxiety and risky alcohol use. Current probable PTSD was measured using the 4-item Primary Care PTSD Scale (PC-PTSD). Results indicated 15.1%..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The original data collection was funded by a grant awarded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research. The production of current paper was not associated with any specific grant funding. The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.