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Psychiatric consultation and post-traumatic stress disorder in burned patients.

Authors
  • Perez Jimenez, J P
  • Gomez Bajo, G J
  • Lopez Castillo, J J
  • Salvador-Robert, M
  • Garcia Torres, V
Type
Published Article
Journal
Burns
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1994
Volume
20
Issue
6
Pages
532–536
Identifiers
PMID: 7880420
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We report a prospective study of 65 burned inpatients referred for psychiatric consultation. All of the subjects in the sample were evaluated by a structured questionnaire and clinical interview. Reasons for referral were: suicide attempt by burning (n = 7), substance dependence (n = 8) and behaviour disturbed by coping difficulties (n = 50). The diagnoses were adjustment disorder (n = 40), alcohol dependence (n = 7), opiate dependence (n = 2), dementia (n = 3), depressive disorder (n = 5), schizophrenia (n = 1), delirium (n = 1) and post-traumatic stress disorder (n = 5). Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were specifically and carefully evaluated. There were no significant differences between patients with PTSD and adjustment disorder for severity and type of burn injuries. We conclude that PTSD is apt to be missed by the medical staff of burn units.

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