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Implementing a screening programme for post-traumatic stress disorder following violent crime

Bisson, Jonathan Ian, Weltch, Ruth, Maddern, Steve and Shepherd, Jonathan Paul 2010. Implementing a screening programme for post-traumatic stress disorder following violent crime. European Journal of Psychotraumatology 1 , p. 5541. 10.3402/ejpt.v1i0.5541

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Background: The emergence of validated means to determine which individuals will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a traumatic event has raised the possibility of designing and implementing effective screening programmes following traumatic events. Objective: This study aimed to study the usefulness and implementation of a PTSD screening programme for victims of violent crime presenting to an emergency unit. Design: 3,349 individuals who presented to an emergency unit following a violent crime were asked to complete the Trauma Screening Questionnaire 2 weeks later. Those who scored above a standard cut-off were invited to attend a mental health assessment and subsequently offered treatment according to their needs. Results: Of the 3,349 individuals contacted, 572 (17.1%) responded, 338 (10.1%) screened positive, 26 (0.78%) attended for assessment, and 9 (0.27%) received treatment for PTSD. Conclusions: This simple screening programme was not as useful as was hoped raising questions regarding how best to develop screening programmes for PTSD following violent crime and other traumatic events.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emergency unit ; Post-traumatic stress disorder ; Screening ; Trauma ; Violent crime
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 24/04/2014).
Publisher: Co-Action Publishing
ISSN: 2000-8066
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2018 20:38

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