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Embargo Period

5-23-2012

Degree Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Degree Track

Family Nurse Practioner

Year Degree Awarded

2012

Month Degree Awarded

May

Keywords

: PTSD, childhood maltreatment, adult mental illness, primary care education

Advisor Name

Genevieve

Advisor Last Name

Chandler

Capstone Chair Name

Genevieve

Chandler, RN, PhD

Capstone Member Name

Jean

De Martinis, PhD, FNP-BC

Capstone Outside Member Name

Doris

Solmitz, FNP, RN

Abstract

Researchers have described the connection between childhood maltreatment and adult mental illness such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression. Research has also shown a serious lack of recognition of PTSD by the primary care provider. Using the Four Question Primary Care PTSD Screening tool provides information to the primary care provider necessary for ongoing treatment. Education of the primary care provider(s) in the use of the screening tool and in the care of the patient with symptoms of PTSD is based on the process employed by the Department of Veteran Affairs for PTSD identification in the primary care setting.

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