Multiple session early psychological interventions for the prevention of post-traumatic stress disorder

Added March 25, 2013

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Multiple-session interventions aimed at all individuals exposed to traumatic events should not be used.

The prevention of long-term psychological distress following traumatic events is a major concern. Systematic reviews have suggested that individual psychological debriefing is not an effective intervention at preventing PTSD. Recently other forms of intervention have been developed with the aim of preventing PTSD. This review examines the efficacy of multiple-session early psychological interventions commenced within three months of a traumatic event aimed at preventing PTSD. This review did not investigate the efficacy of group-based psychological interventions.