Risk factors for psychological and physical health problems after a man-made disaster

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10029/6784
Title:
Risk factors for psychological and physical health problems after a man-made disaster
Authors:
Dirkzwager, Anja J E; Grievink, Linda; Velden, Peter G van der; Yzermans, C Joris
Abstract:
Background There are few prospective studies on risk factors for health problems after disasters in which actual pre-disaster health data are available. Aims To examine whether survivors' personal characteristics, and pre-disaster psychological problems, and disaster-related variables, are related to their post-disaster health. Method Two studies were combined: a longitudinal survey using the electronic medical records of survivors' general practitioners (GPs), from 1 year before to 1 year after the disaster, and a survey in which questionnaires were filled in by survivors, 3 weeks and18 months after the disaster. Data from both surveys and the electronic medical records were available for 994 survivors. Results After adjustment for demographic and disaster-related variables, pre-existing psychological problems were significantly associated with post-disaster self-reported health problems and post-disaster problems presented presentedtothe to the GP. This association was found for both psychological and physical post-disaster problems. Conclusions In trying to prevent long-term health consequences after disaster, early attention to survivors with pre-existing psychological problems, and to those survivors who are forced to relocate or are exposed to many stressors during the disaster, appears appropriate.
Citation:
The British Journal of Psychiatry (2006) 189: 144-149
Publisher:
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
Issue Date:
3-Apr-2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10029/6784
DOI:
10.1192/bjp.bp.105.017855
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Public Health and Health Care

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dc.contributor.authorDirkzwager, Anja J E-
dc.contributor.authorGrievink, Linda-
dc.contributor.authorVelden, Peter G van der-
dc.contributor.authorYzermans, C Joris-
dc.date.accessioned2007-01-03T14:29:36Z-
dc.date.available2007-01-03T14:29:36Z-
dc.date.issued2006-04-03-
dc.identifier.citationThe British Journal of Psychiatry (2006) 189: 144-149en
dc.identifier.doi10.1192/bjp.bp.105.017855-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10029/6784-
dc.description.abstractBackground There are few prospective studies on risk factors for health problems after disasters in which actual pre-disaster health data are available. Aims To examine whether survivors' personal characteristics, and pre-disaster psychological problems, and disaster-related variables, are related to their post-disaster health. Method Two studies were combined: a longitudinal survey using the electronic medical records of survivors' general practitioners (GPs), from 1 year before to 1 year after the disaster, and a survey in which questionnaires were filled in by survivors, 3 weeks and18 months after the disaster. Data from both surveys and the electronic medical records were available for 994 survivors. Results After adjustment for demographic and disaster-related variables, pre-existing psychological problems were significantly associated with post-disaster self-reported health problems and post-disaster problems presented presentedtothe to the GP. This association was found for both psychological and physical post-disaster problems. Conclusions In trying to prevent long-term health consequences after disaster, early attention to survivors with pre-existing psychological problems, and to those survivors who are forced to relocate or are exposed to many stressors during the disaster, appears appropriate.en
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dc.titleRisk factors for psychological and physical health problems after a man-made disasteren
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