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Standard Health Assessment Tools

This page contains standard health assessment tools that can be used for evaluating patients with deployment-related concerns and links to related web sites.

Standard Health Assessment Tools

Post Deployment Clinical Assessment Tool (PDCAT),
20 May 03
Form consisting of an array of brief standardized illness-specific screens and assessments which can be used in its entirety to assess and follow-up patients with post-deployment health concerns and illnesses. Many of the illness-specific sections can be used individually to follow severity of specific illnesses. Measures patient status in the following areas: somatic symptoms; PTSD; depression; anxiety and panic; functional status; alcohol use; frequency of healthcare visits; social support; and satisfaction with healthcare.

Patient Health QuestionnaireTM
Generic questionnaire used to screen and monitor patient status in the areas of: depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse and idiopathic physical symptoms. The PHQ-Brief has 8 questions, the PHQ-9 which deals with depression has 9 questions, and the PHQ has 16 questions.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Checklist (PCL)

The PCL is a self-administered questionnaire for assessing trauma-related stress. It has been updated recently to correspond to the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The previous PCL for DSM-4 had three versions, PCL-M (military), PCL-C (civilian), and PCL-S (specific), which varied slightly in the instructions and wording of the phrase referring to the index event. PCL-5 is most similar to the PCL-S (Specific Version). There are no corresponding PCL-M or PCL-C versions of PCL-5.

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