The eight-item treatment-outcome post-traumatic stress disorder scale: a brief measure to assess treatment outcome in post-traumatic stress disorder.

Journal Article

This preliminary report describes a new brief interview based assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder using an 8-item treatment-outcome post-traumatic stress disorder scale (TOP-8). The TOP-8 was developed from a larger post-traumatic stress disorder evaluation scale based on items which occurred frequently in the population and which responded substantially to treatment across time. The 8 resultant items were drawn from all three symptom clusters for post-traumatic stress disorder, and showed an improved ability to detect drug versus placebo differences in comparison with the original scale. The eight-item treatment-outcome post-traumatic stress disorder scale also correlated significantly with a self-rated measure of post-traumatic stress disorder and distinguished at a highly significant level between responders and non-responders on an independently judged Clinical Global Impressions measure. The results of this study are discussed and future directions suggested.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Davidson, JR; Colket, JT

Published Date

  • January 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 41 - 45

PubMed ID

  • 9179633

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9179633

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0268-1315

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00004850-199701000-00006


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England