Date of Graduation

Fall 12-14-2018

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Kathleen Raffel


Current research indicates a significant rise in PTSD signs and symptoms of adult males arriving from the Middle East and Afghanistan. In an effort to increase the awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in clinical personnel and adult males from the Middle East and Afghanistan, the Sacramento Refugee Health Clinic implemented a PTSD Screening Project. This project was designed to ensure the maximum number of the adult males from the Middle East and Afghanistan would be appropriately screened for PTSD and provided additional opportunities to meet the mental and acute primary care needs of these patients in an adequate and timely manner. Awareness was increased by conducting PTSD briefings, distributing PTSD information flyers and displaying PTSD posters throughout the Refugee Health Clinic and Primary Care Clinic.

Increased awareness of PTSD was achieved as indicated by 100% of the respondents on the PTSD Screening Project briefing post-survey indicating that they had a better understanding of PTSD. The completion rates of the PTSD Screening were increased as indicated by the 100% completion rate of the Primary Care PTSD – 5 (PC PTSD-5) screening tool at the end of the project’s timeline.

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