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SPRINT Self-Report Screen


SPRINT Self-Report Screen

Connor & Davidson, 2001


The Short Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Rating Interview (SPRINT) is an 8-item self-report measure that assesses the core symptoms of PTSD (intrusion, avoidance, numbing, arousal) along with somatic malaise, stress vulnerability, and role and social functional impairment. Symptoms are rates on 5-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.

The SPRINT was not designed to correspond to a specific version of the DSM and has not been updated to map onto DSM-5. For a screen of DSM-5 PTSD symptoms specifically, see the PC-PTSD-5.

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


For use in disaster settings, an expanded version, the SPRINT-E, was designed to screen for PTSD and a broader range of post-disaster symptoms.


Connor, K., and Davidson, J. (2001). SPRINT: A brief global assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder. International Clinical Psychopharmacology, 16(5), 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: 843 743 5196
Fax: 919 684 8866

NOTE: Complete measure is included in journal article.

Measure availability: We provide information on a variety of measures assessing trauma and PTSD. These measures are intended for use by qualified mental health professionals and researchers. Measures authored by National Center staff are available as direct downloads or by request. Measures developed outside of the National Center can be requested via contact information available on the information page for the specific measure.

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