Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Post Traumatic Stress: Module B Summary

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Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Post Traumatic Stress: Module B Summary

Description

This 15-page module summary on posttraumatic disorders in primary care is derived from the evidence-based clinical practice guideline Management of Post Traumatic Stress, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense. It focuses on acute stress disorder (ASD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

This module summary addresses the following topics:

  • ASD and PTSD in primary care (algorithm)
  • Common symptoms after exposure to trauma or loss (table)
  • Assessment of trauma exposure-related symptoms
  • Assessment of trauma exposure
  • Assessment of dangerousness to self or others
  • Obtain medical history, physical examination, mental status examination, and laboratory tests
  • Assessment of functioning
  • Functional assessment (table)
  • Assessment of risk factors
  • Are there clinical significant symptoms suggestive of PTSD or ASD?
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) criteria for stress disorders (table)
  • Patient education
  • Coexisting severe mental conditions
  • Concurrent PTSD and substance abuse
  • Referral to mental health specialty
  • Treatment in primary care
  • Referral to vet centers
  • Assess duty/work responsibilities and patient’s fitness (in relation to military operation)

Developer:

Department of Defense; Department of Veterans Affairs; Veterans Health Administration

Funding Sources:

Department of Defense; Department of Veterans Affairs; Veterans Health Administration

History

Release Date: 2003
Original Summary: March 2005
Last Updated: 02/20/13

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