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Assess the impact of post traumatic stress disorder in road traffic accident survivors in Erode district, Tamil nadu

Author: ARUL PRAKASAM, ANN MARY JOSEPH, NANISHA ZACHARIAH, SHARON JOY
Abstract: The colossal information of the role of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD ) in various traumatic events in different parts of the globe is widely observed. But in the map of India, there is a huge lack of research on occurrence of PTSD after any of the traumatic events faced by the people in their lifetime. India being a country where road traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of threat to the public, apart from causing physical injuries, the impact of this psychiatric morbidity could be high as reported in other studies worldwide. The Tamilnadu Erode district road traffic accident (RTA ) survivors were evaluated at multi-site tertiary care hospital of their socio-demographic and psychological variables using self-prepared questionnaire and IES-R scale respectively. This prospective observational study was conducted in 86 patients for a period of six months. The analyses revealed that 23.3% of the study population experienced post traumatic stress disorder and 5.8% were at higher risk to develop PTSD. The sociodemographic variables such as Age, Educational status, Earning status and severity of injury was positively associated with PTSD. These findings provide preliminary evidence to clinically consider the role of post traumatic stress disorder among RTA survivors. The role of a pharmacist in identifying the hidden scar of our contemporary society is thus anecessity.
Keyword: Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD ), Road traffic accident (RTA ), Psychological symptoms, Trauma, India
DOI: https://doi.org/10.31838/ijpr/2020.12.01.009
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