Post-traumatic stress disorder Best practice GP guidelines
AuthorForbes, D; Wolfgang, B; Cooper, J
Source TitleAUSTRALIAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN
PublisherROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS
University of Melbourne Author/sForbes, David; WOLFGANG, BRONWYN; Cooper, John; Creamer, Mark; Barton, David
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsForbes, D., Wolfgang, B. & Cooper, J. (2009). Post-traumatic stress disorder Best practice GP guidelines. AUSTRALIAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN, 38 (3), pp.106-+
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BACKGROUND: Approximately 50-65% of Australians are exposed to a traumatic event during their lifetime. Approximately 250 000 Australians suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at any given time, making it one of the most common anxiety disorders. In May 2007, the Australian guidelines for the treatment of adults with acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder was published. In order to facilitate translation of evidence regarding PTSD into busy clinical practice, and particularly for general practitioners, a more succinct version of the guidelines has been developed. OBJECTIVE: This article describes a brief algorithm based on the Australian guidelines and outlines key recommendations. DISCUSSION: General practitioners are often the first point of contact with the health care system for someone who has experienced a traumatic event. Patients experiencing trauma within the past 2 weeks require psychological first aid, and monitoring and assessment for the development of acute stress disorder and symptoms of PTSD. If the patient wishes to talk about the event with you, support them in doing so. However, it is important not to push those who prefer not to talk about the event. Trauma focused psychological treatment is the first line of treatment for PTSD, although antidepressant medication may have an adjuvant role in some patients or in those with comorbidities.
KeywordsPsychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy); Mental Health; Mental Health; Psychiatry ; Mental Health; Mental Health
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