Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Emergency Responders Scoping Study – Annotated Bibliography

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Authors
  1. Adams, B.D.
  2. Davis, S.A.
  3. Brown, A.
  4. Filardo, E-A.
  5. Thomson, M.H.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Abstract
This report aims to inform the emergency responder community about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Given that the available literature within the emergency responder community is very limited, this review relies on the military and scientific literature to explore the issue of traumatic stress and PTSD. This review focused on the following four questions: - How should PTSD be defined, recognized and how often does it occur? - How can traumatic stress and PTSD be prevented? - How should traumatic stress and PTSD be treated? - What research could support management of PTSD in the emergency responder community? PTSD is a fully developed form of traumatic stress that is only diagnosed after experiencing symptoms for at least a month. PTSD occurs when symptoms evolve in the aftermath of an extreme traumatic stressor that overwhelms an individual’s coping capacities. PTSD is a serious and potentially debilitating illness. As such, it needs to be managed effectively using established and validated treatments and tools. Deliberate efforts to manage traumatic stress are critical, particularly for organizations that require their personnel to be exposed to high-risk, traumatic situations. This review concludes with a discussion of research priorities for the emergency responder community to manage PTSD in a more systematic way.

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Keywords
post traumatic stress disorder;PTSD;emergency responers scoping study;annotated bibliography
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2014-C18 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Nov 2013
Number of Pages
77
DSTKIM No
CA038556
CANDIS No
538641
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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