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Ugeskr Laeger. 2010 Jan 11;172(2):120-4.

[Health status and degree of traumatisation among newly arrived asylum seeker--secondary publication].

[Article in Danish]

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Amnesty International, Danske Laegegruppe, København, Denmark. masmas@dadlnet.dk

Abstract

An unknown number of asylum seekers arriving in Denmark have been exposed to torture. Amnesty International's Danish Medical Group examined 142 asylum seekers, of whom 45% had been exposed to torture. Physical and psychological symptoms were 2-3 times as frequent among torture survivors as among non-tortured asylum seekers. Among the torture survivors, 63% fulfilled the criteria of post-traumatic stress disorder, 58% had objective psychological findings, and 42% had torture-related scars. Identification of torture survivors is important in order to initiate the necessary medical treatment.

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