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The PCL is a 17-item self-report or post traumatic stress disorder checklist measure of the 17 DSM-IV symptoms of PTSD. The PCL has a variety of purposes, including:
The PCL is a self-report measure that can be completed by patients in a waiting room prior to a session or by participants as part of a research study. It takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete a PCL. Interpretation of the PCL should be completed by a clinician.
A total symptom severity score (range = 17-85) can be obtained by adding the scores from each of the 17 items.
A diagnosis can be made by:
Characteristics of a respondent's setting should be considered when using PCL severity scores to make a diagnosis. The goal of assessment also should be considered. A lower cutoff should be considered when screening or when it is desirable to maximize detection of possible cases. A higher cutoff should be considered when attempting to make a definitive diagnosis or to minimize false positives.
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