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Letters Acute psychological trauma in conflict zones

Psychological first aid training could help manage acute stress in junior doctors

BMJ 2023; 380 doi: (Published 15 March 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;380:p591
  1. Daniel J Chivers, junior doctor
  1. Barnsley Hospital, Barnsley, UK
  1. djchivers307{at}

Greenberg and colleagues offer valuable insights on the immediate management of acute psychological trauma—psychological first aid—in conflict zones.1 They explain that the use of peer delivered interventions can alleviate acute distress. Military personnel with supportive supervisors are less likely to develop mental illness, and those with mental health problems are three times more likely to seek help if they …

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