Posttraumatic stress symptoms in emergency service ambulance personnel

Stewart J. ; Swartz L. (2005)


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.

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