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



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2-s2.0-16644395504   5 Citations


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.

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Weis JM, Grunert BK


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

Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Wounds and Injuries