The European Network for Traumatic Stress: Evidence Based Practice for Disaster Victims in Europe: Mapping Existing Services for Post-Disaster Psychosocial Care Across Europe: Quantitative Findings

AB Witteveen, Dag O. Nordanger, Dean Ajdukovic, Jonathan I. Bisson, Miranda Olff, Venke J. Johansen, Behrooz Tavakoly

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Abstract

At present post disaster activities and plans seem to vary widely
across the European region. The European Network for Traumatic
Stress (TENTS) aims to build capacity of evidence based and effective
post disaster mental health services in countries across Europe.
Findings from two main elements of TENTS will be discussed.

Mapping Existing Services for Post-Disaster Psychosocial Care
Across Europe: Quantitative Findings
The European Network for Traumatic Stress (TENTS) aims 1) to
map the current situation of posttraumatic stress treatment for
victims of disasters in countries and regions across the European
region; 2) to compare results from the mapping analysis with an
evidence based model developed along with a systematic review
of the literature on posttraumatic stress treatment and
psychosocial support for disaster victims; 3) to develop
dissemination materials (teaching materials) tailored to the local
needs in every country and 4) to start local implementation of the
disseminated materials. This presentation will outline the
quantitative results of the mapping work package (aim 1). We
gathered address information of over 500 services involved in post
disaster psychosocial health care from 33 countries and regions in
Europe and invited them to participate in our study. The
responding services were asked to fill out a web-based
questionnaire about planning and coordination of post disaster
psychosocial care, availability of human resources, screening
instruments and interventions, and training and supervision of
staff. Results of the questionnaire will be presented, area-specific
needs will be analysed and challenges of disseminating and
implementing services in a post-disaster environment will be
discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-86
Number of pages1
JournalInternational Society of Traumatic Stress Studies
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes

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