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Connor & Davidson, 2001


The Short Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Rating Interview (SPRINT; Connor and Davidson, 2001) is an eight-item self-report measure that assesses the core symptoms of PTSD (intrusion, avoidance, numbing, arousal), somatic malaise, stress vulnerability, and role and social functional impairment. Symptoms are rates on five point scales from 0 (not at all) to 4 (very much).

The SPRINT was responsive to symptom change over time and correlated with comparable PTSD symptom measures. The SPRINT demonstrates solid psychometric properties and can serve as a reliable, valid, and homogeneous measure of PTSD illness severity and of global improvement. The authors suggest a cutoff score of 14 for this screen. Those screening positive should then be assessed with a structured interview for PTSD.

Sample Items

In the past week, how much have you been bothered by unwanted memories, nightmares, or reminders of the event?

In the past week, how much have you been bothered by pain, aches, or tiredness?"

0 = Not at all
1 = A little bit
2 = Moderately
3 = Quite a lot
4 = Very much


Connor, K., and Davidson, J. (2001). SPRINT: A brief global assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder. International Clinical Psychopharmacology, 16, 279-284.

Davidson, J.R.T., Colket, J.T. (1997). The eight-item treatment-outcome post-traumatic stress disorder scale: a brief measure to assess treatment outcome in post-traumatic stress disorder. International Clinical Psychopharmacology, 12, 41-45.

To Obtain Scale

Jonathan R. T. Davidson, MD
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina 27710
Phone: 919 684 2880
Fax: 919 684 8866

NOTE: Complete measure is included in journal article.

Measure availability: Information on measures is available to everyone. However, the assessment tools themselves can only be distributed to qualified mental health professionals and researchers. We maintain measures developed by affiliated staff of the National Center for PTSD.

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