Psychological debriefing for preventing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Added March 25, 2013

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There is no evidence that single-session individual psychological debriefing is a useful treatment for the prevention of PTSD after traumatic incidents. Compulsory debriefing of victims of trauma should cease.

Over the past few decades, early psychological interventions, such as psychological ‘debriefing’, have been increasingly used following psychological trauma. While this intervention has become popular and its use has spread to several settings, empirical evidence for its efficacy is noticeably lacking. This review assesses the effectiveness of brief psychological debriefing for the management of psychological distress after trauma, and the prevention of PTSD.