PCL-C - PTSD Checklist - Civilian Version


The PCL-C is a self-report screening for PTSD with 17-questions relating to the 17 DSM-IV criteria for PTSD.

Special Instructions

The patient should answer the questions with respect to the trauma they experienced, not as an indicator of the general distress they might be feeling.

Once the patient has submitted it, you may preview it on the uninitialed documents tab in the EMR. However, do not initial it or it won't later be pulled into your Mobile Note.

Scores Produced

  • Total (17-85)
  • B Items (0-5)
  • C Items (0-7)
  • D Items (0-5)


  • It is a positive screen if all of the following are true:
  • B Items score is greater than or equal to 1, AND
  • C Items score is greater than or equal to 3, AND
  • D Items score is greater than or equal to 2, AND
  • Total meets or exceeds an established cut-off (see 2nd reference)


Blanchard, E. B., Jones-Alexander, J., Buckley, T. C., & Forneris, C. A. (1996). Psychometric properties of the PTSD checklist (PCL). Behavioral Research & Therapy, 34, 669-673. 


PCL-C - PTSD Checklist.docx

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