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World J Emerg Med. 2013;4(1):26-31. doi: 10.5847/wjem.j.1920-8642.2013.01.005.

Post-traumatic stress disorder among paramedic and hospital emergency personnel in south-east Iran.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Paramedic and emergency personnel may encounter directly many events that threat their own wellbeing during their daily work. This study was conducted to examine the prevalence rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among two groups of paramedic and emergency personnel in south-east Iran.

METHODS:

The study employed a descriptive design and was conducted in four hospital emergency wards and a pre-hospital emergency base supervised by Kerman Medical University. Using Mississippi PTSD, we assessed the prevalence rate in paramedics (n=150) and emergency personnel (n=250).

RESULTS:

The two groups had different levels of education, marital status, experience of traumatic events, work hours per month, and gender. Most (94%) of paramedic and hospital emergency personnel reported moderate PTSD. The two groups had significant different levels of PTSD in all subscale.

CONCLUSION:

The study suggests that health care managers should organize systematic and dynamic policies and procedures in dealing with PTSD to assist both groups of personnel.

KEYWORDS:

Emergency personnel; Paramedic personnel; Post-traumatic stress disorder

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