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),
Patient Health QuestionnaireTM
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.
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.