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Early psychological intervention after traumatic events

Bisson, Jonathan Ian 1993. Early psychological intervention after traumatic events. British Medical Journal (BMJ) 307 (6906) , p. 737. 10.1136/bmj.307.6906.737-b

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ED1TOR,-G G Lloyd states that serious problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder may be averted by a proactive approach.' Early psychological intervention after traumatic events has increasingly been advocated in recent years by various authors, including the British Psychological Society.2 Unfortunately, methodologically sound data supporting this advocacy are few and most statements are based on anecdotal reports and intuition. It is essential that Fairbank and Nicholson's call for studies to use a case-control design with measures obtained before and after treatment is heeded.3 Until data from such studies are available Dunning's assertion that the efficacy of early psychological interventions is "uncertain and untested" will remain accurate.' JONATHAN I BISSON Psychiatric Unit, St Tydfil's Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan CF47 OSJ 1 Lloyd GG. Psychological problems and the intensive care unit. BMJ 1993;307:458-9. (21 August.) 2 British Psychological Society Working Party. Psychological aspects of disaster. Leicester: British Psychological Society, 1990. 3 Fairbank JA, Nicholson RA. Theoretical and empirical issues in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in Vietnam veterans.JClin Psychol 1987;43:44-55. 4 Dunning C. Mental health sequelae in disaster workers: prevention and intervention. Interational Journal of Mental Health 1990;19:91-103.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
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Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 0959-8138
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:57

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