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Time could be the active ingredient in post-trauma debriefing

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7239.943/a (Published 01 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:943
  1. David Brown, consulting occupational psychologist ([email protected])
  1. Airport Health Centre, Mascot, NSW 2020, Australia

    EDITOR—Evidence exists that debriefing after trauma is ineffective.1 I was one of three psychologists who ran post-trauma debriefing sessions after a fatal accident in a factory. Each psychologist dealt with a group of 10-15 workers and later we compared outcomes.

    One psychologist said that staff were angry with management for allowing the accident to happen, but that she had successfully settled them down. The other said that just a little anger had been expressed. No anger had been expressed in my …

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