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Post-traumatic stress disorder following traumatic injuries in adults. WMJ 2004;103(6):69-72

Date

12/30/2004

Pubmed ID

15622823

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-16644395504   5 Citations

Abstract

The residuals of traumatic injuries from home or workplace accidents, automobile accidents, physical assault, or other unintentional human error can affect victims both physically and psychologically. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are common among survivors of accidents and nonsexual assaults and can impede recovery. Early identification of PTSD and timely referrals to mental health providers can greatly reduce medical expenses, disability payments, lost wages, lost work productivity, and direct mental health costs. A physician-screening tool to identify PTSD is outlined in this article and can be completed in a few minutes. Implementation of this screening following traumatic injuries can promote early diagnosis of possible psychological complications and facilitate referral to appropriate mental health professionals.

Author List

Weis JM, Grunert BK

Authors

Brad K. Grunert PhD Professor in the Plastic Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Jo M. Weis PhD Associate Professor in the Psychiatry department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adult
Female
Humans
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Wounds and Injuries