The CAD-PTSD & CAT-PTSD
The CAT-PTSD, developed in collaboration with the Veterans Administration, makes use of a 211-item bank but requires only an average of 10 questions to accurately evaluate PTSD severity. This module provides clinicians a numeric severity score between 0-100 along with a status of none, mild, moderate, or severe to help them understand where in the possible range of severity their particular patient is. This information makes the CAT-PTSD ideal for measurement-based care, treatment triage, and outcome assessment.
Both the CAD-PTSD and the CAT-PTSD have been validated against the Clinician-Administered Scale for PTSD for DSM-5 PTSD diagnosis, which is the gold standard for PTSD diagnosis, outperforming longer traditional measures such as the PCL-5. The reason is that traditional PTSD measures fix the items and allow the precision to vary (i.e., administer the same items to all patients, whether or not those items apply to them). By contrast, we adaptively select a small subset of items from a much larger “bank” of items, that are specifically targeted to the level of severity of that individual. The result is a dramatic increase in the precision of measurement with a lower burden of measurement for the patient and significant elimination of burden for the clinician.
Lastly, these modules are more than simply clinically advanced – they are logistically simple. Both modules are cloud-based and scalable to any size population via a HIPAA-secure Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform. This cloud-based system allows patients to be screened, measured, and monitored in any place, at any time. Additionally, with the help of our API, these data can then be seamlessly integrated into your electronic health record system to ensure that all of the data is where providers expect it to be. Our goal here is to make universal screening for PTSD easy and ensure that no patients miss the opportunity to receive help that they may desperately need.