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The purpose of this paper is to examine the role that psychological screening and surveillance can take in improving the delivery of psychological support to emergency service responders (ESRs) at a time of increasing demands and complexity.Design/methodology/approachThe study aims to present and discuss the use of psychological screening and surveillance of trauma exposed emergency service workers.FindingsThe evidence supports the use of psychological screening and surveillance using appropriate validated questionnaires and surveys.Research limitations/implicationsThe findings suggest that emergency services should be using psychological screening and surveillance of ESRs in roles where there is high exposure to traumatic stress.Originality/valueThese findings will help emergency service organisations to recognise how psychological screening and surveillance can be used as part of a wider programme of well-being support. This approach can also help them meet their legal health and safety obligations to protect the psychological health and well-being of their ESRs.
International Journal of Emergency Services – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 24, 2019
Keywords: Emergency services; Well-being; Psychological surveillance; Traumatic stress
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