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BET 1: To debrief or not debrief
  1. Victoria Timms
  1. Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Victoria Timms; production.emj{at}


A short cut review was carried out to establish whether a staff debriefing session after involvement in a traumatic resuscitation reduces stress and anxiety, reduces sickness, improves team working and morale and improves staff retention. Four papers presented the best evidence to answer the question. The author, date and country of publication, group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and study weaknesses of these papers are tabulated. It is concluded that there is no evidence about the efficacy of team debriefing in the ED. However, there is some desire among staff for it to occur. Further research is needed and in the meantime local advice should be followed.

  • emergency care systems

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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