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AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 108(11):60-68, November 2008
Between 50 to 80 percent of older adults will have experienced at least one traumatic event in their life – events that can affect their coping ability and overall wellbeing. The manifestations of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are difficult to discern and may surface as physical complaints with no identifiable medical cause. Using the Horowitz Impact of Events Scale (revised) to evaluate for possible PTSD can help to identify underlying issues that, when addressed, can improve coping skills, provide relief from symptoms, and instill hope. This video demonstrates how to administer and interpret the Horowitz tool and involves an interdisciplinary team approach to helping the patient involved in the program to improve her quality of life.
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