Watch your mail in the coming weeks. ISMA primary care physicians will be receiving a tool to help you query patients for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The ISMA, ISMA Alliance and the Military Family Research Institute of Purdue University have partnered to distribute the 17-question screening tool. It is designed to assist you in diagnosing, treating and referring patients, especially military members and their families who may be experiencing stress disorders.
“This tool gives doctors a standardized way to evaluate patients,” explained William Pond, M.D., a colonel in the Air National Guard who has served four tours in Iraq. “Physicians are the first-line contact for many veterans and their families. Anything we can do will be a big help to them.”
Free to ISMA members, the one-page assessment is printed on a tear-off pad containing 25 sheets and may be re-ordered. The tool and other PTSD resources are also available online on the ISMA Web site.