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Telemed J E Health. 2014 Oct;20(10):977-9. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2013.0373. Epub 2014 Sep 4.

Pilot assessment and survey of Syrian refugees' psychological stress and openness to referral for telepsychiatry (PASSPORT Study).

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1 Yale University School of Medicine , New Haven, Connecticut.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Given the scarcity of mental health resources available for refugees in areas of conflict, it is imperative to investigate interventions that would be accepted by the refugees.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

In this study we surveyed 354 Syrian refugees using the HADStress screening tool and asked about their openness to referral to psychiatry and telepsychiatry.

RESULTS:

Of the surveyed sample, 41.8% had scores on HADStress that correlate to posttraumatic stress disorder. However, only 34% of the whole sample reported a perceived need to see a psychiatrist, and of those only 45% were open to telepsychiatry.

CONCLUSIONS:

Women, those who were bilingual, and those with positive HADStress status were less likely to accept telepsychiatry; however, this finding did not reach statistical significance. This study reports a partial acceptance of Syrian refugees for telepsychiatric services despite the high prevalence of psychological stress.

KEYWORDS:

Syria; refugee mental health; telepsychiatry

PMID:
25188281
DOI:
10.1089/tmj.2013.0373
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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