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October/November 2009 (vol. 06/3)

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Trauma treatment

A systematic review of symptoms, diagnosis, timing and effectiveness of treatment for psychotrauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) focused on soldiers and peacekeepers. Psychological treatments can have both short- and long-term benefits, though small sample numbers and different methodologies make published results difficult to compare. There was inconclusive evidence on the effect of debriefing and it remains controversial as a treatment for PTSD. Barriers to treatment are common and include fear of stigmatisation and job loss.

Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology 2009; 4: 21. http://www.occup-med.com/content/4/1/21/abstract

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Occupational Health at Work October/November 2009 (vol. 06/3) pp40