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October/November 2007 (vol. 04/3)

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PTSD evidence reviews

The consequences of exposure to traumatic stress at work, prevention strategies, early identification and screening are reviewed. Emerging evidence includes the role of pre-trauma risk factors (such as previous exposures, ‘catastrophic thinking’ and physical injury), the nature and frequency of the exposure, and post-event factors, such as social support, which can modify the trauma reaction. There is little published evidence on assessing or managing occupational PTSD reactions – including the use of evidence-based therapies in work settings – and recommendations tend to be derived from civilian and military studies.

Occupational Medicine 2007; 57: 404–410.  http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/content/57/6/404.abstract

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Occupational Health at Work October/November 2007 (vol. 04/3) pp40