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Guidelines for the Management of Conditions Specifically Related to Stress. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2013.

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Guidelines for the Management of Conditions Specifically Related to Stress.

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The development of these guidelines was coordinated by Mark van Ommeren (Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO) under the supervision of Shekhar Saxena (Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO).

The project had a WHO Steering Group with, as members: Tarun Dua, Claudia Garcia Moreno, Berit Kieselbach, Khalid Saeed, Chiara Servili, Shekhar Saxena, Yutaro Setoya, Mark van Ommeren and M Taghi Yasamy (see Annex 1 for affiliations).

The members of the project's Guideline Development Group were: Joop de Jong (chair), Jonathan Bisson, Judith Cohen, Zeinab Hijazi, Olayinka Omigbudon, Soraya Seedat, Derrick Silove, Renato Souza, Athula Sumathipala, Lakshmi Vijaykumar, Inka Weissbecker and Doug Zatzick (see Annex 2 for affiliations).

The external peer reviewers were: Thomas Barrett, Boris Budosan, Alain Brunet, Pam Dix, Carolina Echeverri, Peter Hughes, Patti Levin, Andreas Maercker, Nino Makhashvili, Sarah Meyer, Laura Murray, Miranda Olff, Pau Pérez-Sales, Bhava Nath Poudyal, Robert Pynoos, Andrew Rasmussen, Cécile Rousseau, Daniel Saumier, Alison Schafer, Sonali Sharma, Leslie Snider, Yukiro Suzuki and William Yule (see Annex 3 for affiliations).

The project received support from the following consultants. Wietse A. Tol (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) conducted the searches of existing reviews and wrote all evidence profiles (see Annex 5). Corrado Barbui (WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, University of Verona) conducted complementary evidence searches and developed the GRADE tables. Lynne Jones (Harvard School of Public Health) provided initial suggestions on problems and interventions requiring scoping questions and offered detailed edits on all evidence profiles. Margaret Harris (non-affiliated consultant) documented the process of developing the guidelines. Nicola Magrini (WHO Collaborating Centre for Evidence-based Research Synthesis and Guideline Development, Bologna) and Margaret Harris (non-affiliated consultant) offered advice on the guideline development process during the Guideline Development Group meeting. Jonathan Bisson (Cardiff University) led the development of a new systematic review on pharmacological interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder.

Special invitees to the Guideline Development Group meeting in Amman were: Ahmad Bawaneh, International Medical Corps; Hania Dawani, Jordanian Nursing Council; Suhad Joudeh and Arwa Khashan, Ministry of Health, Jordan; and Marian Schilperoord (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).

Colleagues of the WHO Country Office in Jordan who hosted the meeting were: Akram Eltom (WHO Representative to Jordan), Nada Al Ward, Zein Ayoub, May Khoury, Asma Nashawati and Miranda Shami.

WHO interns who offered support were: Anita Patel, Karen Paul, Keiko Sakurai and Alvin Tay.

Sources of funding: The project was funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (which funded all aspects of the project except the meeting in Amman) and the WHO Country Office in Jordan (which funded the meeting in Amman).

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