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Rapid Assessments of Mental Health Needs After Disasters

Rapid Assessments of Mental Health Needs After Disasters Editorials represent the opinions EDITORIALS of the authors and JAMA and not those of the American Medical Association. Rapid Assessments of Mental Health Needs After Disasters ceive counseling; there is limited evidence that treatments Derrick Silove, MD for PTSD developed and tested in the West are effective across Richard Bryant, PhD cultures and importing techniques from the West may un- dermine traditional healing mechanisms ; attention to so- HE RAPID NEEDS ASSESSMENTS UNDERTAKEN AMONG cial, material, economic, cultural, and human rights issues adults and children 8 weeks after the December 2004 may be more important in facilitating natural recovery at a tsunami in Thailand and the results of these assess- group level; and the emphasis on PTSD may obscure other Tments reported in this issue of JAMA by van Griens- pressing mental health needs. 1 2 ven and colleagues and by Thienkrua and colleagues mark Debate on the issue is widespread, with some experts em- an impressive advance in the field of psychiatric epidemi- phasizing the importance of treating PTSD after disasters ology. Strengths of these investigations include the timeli- and others highlighting more pressing mental health pri- ness of the studies, the prominent role played by Thai re- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Rapid Assessments of Mental Health Needs After Disasters

JAMA , Volume 296 (5) – Aug 2, 2006

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2006 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.296.5.576
pmid
16882965
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Abstract

Editorials represent the opinions EDITORIALS of the authors and JAMA and not those of the American Medical Association. Rapid Assessments of Mental Health Needs After Disasters ceive counseling; there is limited evidence that treatments Derrick Silove, MD for PTSD developed and tested in the West are effective across Richard Bryant, PhD cultures and importing techniques from the West may un- dermine traditional healing mechanisms ; attention to so- HE RAPID NEEDS ASSESSMENTS UNDERTAKEN AMONG cial, material, economic, cultural, and human rights issues adults and children 8 weeks after the December 2004 may be more important in facilitating natural recovery at a tsunami in Thailand and the results of these assess- group level; and the emphasis on PTSD may obscure other Tments reported in this issue of JAMA by van Griens- pressing mental health needs. 1 2 ven and colleagues and by Thienkrua and colleagues mark Debate on the issue is widespread, with some experts em- an impressive advance in the field of psychiatric epidemi- phasizing the importance of treating PTSD after disasters ology. Strengths of these investigations include the timeli- and others highlighting more pressing mental health pri- ness of the studies, the prominent role played by Thai re-

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 2, 2006

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