Survivors of Violence-Related Facial Injury

Psychiatric Needs and Barriers to Mental Health Care

Published in: General Hospital Psychiatry, v. 29, no. 2, Mar./Apr. 2007, p. 117-122

Posted on on January 01, 2007

by Eunice C. Wong, Grant N. Marshall, Vivek Shetty, Annie Jie Zhou, Howard Belzberg, Dennis-Duke R. Yamashita

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OBJECTIVE: This study examined mental health needs, receptivity to psychosocial aftercare, and barriers to care among survivors of violence-related facial injuries. METHODS: Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 25 consecutively treated individuals at a hospital-based specialty outpatient clinic one month after a violence-related facial injury. To participate in the study, patients had to screen positive for an alcohol use disorder (AUD), major depression or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Participants were questioned about receptivity to an aftercare program and perceived barriers to care.

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