Cover: Reactions to the Events of September 11

Reactions to the Events of September 11

Published in: The New England Journal of Medicine, v. 346, no. 8, Feb. 21, 2002, Correspondence, p. 629-630

Posted on 2002

by Robert A. Rosenheck, Mark A. Schuster, Bradley D. Stein, Lisa H. Jaycox

The author compared the average number of daily outpatient visits during the 19 working days before and after September 11 in different clinical subgroups and geographic locations (excluding weekends, holidays, and September 11 itself). Although the events of September 11 were profoundly traumatic for those directly involved and clearly distressing for others, they are not necessarily medically significant. The author found no substantial short-term change in the use of services, even among more vulnerable patients with mental illness or post-traumatic stress disorder.

This report is part of the RAND external publication series. Many RAND studies are published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, as chapters in commercial books, or as documents published by other organizations.

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.