Posttraumatic stress symptoms in emergency service ambulance personnel
The study reports on psychological factors and posttraumatic stress disorder amongst emergency service ambulance personnel (ESAP) in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Ninety-nine ESAP completed a demographic questionnaire and the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire. Possible PTSD prevalence level was estimated at 6.67%, which was low in comparison to international findings. Chi-squared (X2) test revealed a significant association between PTSD and home language of respondents (p-value = 0.00059). Fisher Exact test revealed a significant association between PTSD and attendance of recent debriefing (p-value = 0.042). Results must be interpreted with caution because of the small sample sizes, but a starting point has been made for further research into this neglected area in South Africa.