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Using PTSDpubs for Assessment Information

Using PTSDpubs for Assessment Information

The PTSDpubs Database (formerly PILOTS) provides a bibliographic citation and each record includes a "test and measure" field listing the psychological and medical assessment instruments used in the research or clinical work reported in the document.

This feature enables the PTSDpubs Database users to:

  • Determine which instruments were used in the work described in a particular paper.
  • Determine which published papers have used a particular instrument.
  • Locate papers whose focus is the description, validation, or use of a particular instrument.

Finding References on a Topic Connected with Assessment Instruments

To find papers on a topic connected with assessment instruments, select "Advanced Search," set the pull-down menu to "Subject heading (all)-SU," and type in the adjacent box one of the following:

  • Assessment instruments
  • Acute stress disorder assessment instruments
  • Depression assessment instruments
  • Dissociation assessment instruments
  • Interview schedules
  • Projective techniques
  • PTSD assessment instruments
  • Self-report instruments
  • Trauma assessment instruments

Finding References that Discuss the Details of a Specific Instrument

To find papers that discuss details of using of a specific instrument (as opposed to those in which the instrument is merely noted as having been used), combine these two techniques using both pull-down menus. For example, to look for papers that discuss the use of the Mississippi Scale for Combat-Related PTSD, type Mississippi Scale in the "Test and measure-TM" box and PTSD Assessment Instruments in the "Subject heading (all)-SU" box.

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