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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.


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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