This study examined the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety in a sample of emergency ambulance personnel. Of 1029 personnel in one ambulance service mailed a questionnaire, 617 were returned. Among respondents, the overall rate of PTSD was 22%. Levels of PTSD did not differ according to grade, but men had a higher prevalence rate than women (23% compared with 15%). Nearly one in ten reported probable clinical levels of depression, 22% reported probable clinical levels of anxiety based on Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale scores.
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- ambulance personnel
- PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder
- EMT, emergency medical technician
- PDS, Posttraumatic Diagnostic Scale
- HADS, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale
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