As the numbers of primary care physicians decline, nurse practitioners (NPs) are filling this gap as primary care providers in many settings. The number of adults presenting to their primary care provider with signs and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) each year is unknown. The devastating effects of untreated PTSD include high rates of homelessness, violence, drug abuse, suicidality and a decreased quality of life. Little is known as to the breadth of NPs knowledge of PTSD sequelae, epidemiology and screening protocols. Increased perceived self-efficacy, tied to positive attitudes about PTSD knowledge and screening, result in overall higher rates of screening and treatment of adults with PTSD. The author will examine these factors and contribute to improved knowledge of PTSD and NP assessment and treatment of PTSD to improve patient outcomes.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Nursing
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Lipscomb, Kelli, "Knowledge and Attitudes of Nurse Practitioner's Assessment of Adults with Signs and Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1334.