Medical staff suffered severe stress after earthquake in Kobe, Japan

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7065.1144a (Published 02 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1144
  1. Masaharu Uemoto,
  2. Akio Inui,
  3. Masato Kasuga,
  4. Sachie Shindo
  1. Head physician Department of Psychiatry, Nishi-Kobe Medical Centre, Kobe, Japan
  2. Assistant professor Professor Second Department of Internal Medicine, Kobe University School of Medicine, Kobe 650, Japan
  3. Professor Department of Nursing for Mother and Children, Kobe University School of Medicine
  4. Professor Department of Metabolism and Community Health Science, Kobe University School of Medicine

    EDITOR,—Previous studies have suggested that traumatic disasters cause emotional, biological, and behavioural changes in the victims.1 2 No studies, however, have been reported among medical staff working in catastrophic situations. We examined the psychological reactions of hospital nurses to the devastating earthquake in Kobe, Japan, by studying the nurses working mainly in the inpatient ward of Kobe …

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