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June 2, 2021

Improving the Assessment of COVID-19–Associated Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Author Affiliations
  • 1National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3National Center for PTSD, White River Junction, Vermont
  • 4Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, White River Junction, Vermont
JAMA Psychiatry. 2021;78(7):795. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.1123

To the Editor The recent meta-analysis from Cénat et al1 revealed that the estimated pooled prevalence of COVID-19–associated posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was almost 22%. However, prior to the study by Janiri and colleagues,2 no study to our knowledge had confirmed PTSD diagnoses among patients using a structured clinician-administered diagnostic interview, such as the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5).3 We commend Janiri et al2 for applying rigorous diagnostic methods to better determine PTSD prevalence among COVID-19 survivors. Knowing which COVID-19 survivors are experiencing clinically significant PTSD and other psychiatric symptoms is important for allocating appropriate mental health resources.

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