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J Trauma Stress. 2010 Aug;23(4):430-6. doi: 10.1002/jts.20538.

A cluster randomized controlled trial to determine the efficacy of Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) in a military population.

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Academic Centre for Defence Mental Health, King's College London and Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK.


Trauma Risk Management is a peer-support program that aims to promote help-seeking in the aftermath of traumatic events. Prior to its implementation, the British military conducted a randomized controlled trial of Trauma Risk Management against standard care in 12 warships; 6 were randomized to use Trauma Risk Management after collecting baseline measurements. Follow up after 12-18 months found no significant change in psychological health or stigma scores in either group; however, the studied vessels only encountered low numbers of critical incidents. Additionally, measurements of organizational functioning were modestly better in the Trauma Risk Management ships. The authors conclude that within organizations using Trauma Risk Management may be beneficial and may, in time, lead to a valuable cultural shift.

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