Assessing military veterans for posttraumatic stress disorder: A guide for primary care clinicians
Article first published online: 31 AUG 2006
2006 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume 18, Issue 9, pages 409–413, September 2006
How to Cite
Romanoff, M. R. (2006), Assessing military veterans for posttraumatic stress disorder: A guide for primary care clinicians. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 18: 409–413. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2006.00147.x
- Issue published online: 31 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 31 AUG 2006
- Received: February 2006; accepted: May 2006
- Posttraumatic stress disorder;
- primary care
Purpose: To educate primary care providers on the physical effects of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), explain why military veterans are at great risk, and describe how to identify PTSD in primary care clients.
Data sources: Current scientific and psychiatric literature on PTSD.
Conclusions: PTSD is prevalent in the military community because of the frequency and type of trauma seen in the combat zone. With the ongoing military deployments, assessment for the presence of PTSD is increasingly important for comprehensive and high-quality primary care. Clients with trauma histories, such as veterans, are at increased risk for physical disorders such as heart disease and psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
Implications for practice: Primary care clinicians, including those outside the military health system, are essential in identifying trauma histories and directing clients to appropriate care.