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Follow up of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in Australian servicemen hospitalized in 1942-1952
OBJECTIVE: To follow up survivors of Australian services hospitalized in 1942-1952 and compare their reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with symptoms in their hospital files.
METHOD: Twelve survivors were interviewed and combatants completed the revised Impact of Event Scale.
RESULTS: Eight survivors had symptoms satisfying a diagnosis of PTSD at the time of the study. There was underreporting of most relevant symptoms in their hospital files.
CONCLUSIONS: PTSD symptoms were probably common during and after World War II. The findings have implications for the management of PTSD generally and the treatment of ageing WWII veterans in particular.
Publication titleAustralasian psychiatry
Department/SchoolTasmanian School of Medicine
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
Rights statementCopyright 2008 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists