Richard V. King

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Effective preparedness, response, and recovery from disasters require a well-planned, integrated effort with experienced professionals who can apply specialized knowledge and skills in critical situations. While some professionals are trained for this, others may lack the critical knowledge and experience needed to effectively perform under stressful(More)
BACKGROUND The diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has remained controversial from the time of its first inclusion in DSM-III. No reviews have fully documented the shifting PTSD definitions across editions of the criteria. This article chronicles the evolution of PTSD across editions of the DSM. METHODS Diagnostic precursors to PTSD in DSM-I(More)
INTRODUCTION After all large-scale disasters multiple papers are published describing the shortcomings of the triage methods utilized. This paper uses medical provider input to help describe attributes and patient characteristics that impact triage decisions. METHODS A survey distributed electronically to medical providers with and without disaster(More)
Competencies for disaster mental health are essential to domestic and international disaster response capabilities. Numerous consensus-based competency sets for disaster health workers exist, but no prior study identifies and discusses competency sets pertaining specifically to disaster mental health. Relevant competency sets were identified via MEDLINE,(More)
BACKGROUND To determine the impact of a radiology electronic notification system (ENS) on emergency department (ED) patient care. MATERIALS AND METHODS A retrospective review of de-identified patient data for a 2-year period (1 year prior to and 1 year following ENS implementation) was approved by the hospital's institutional review board. The effect of a(More)
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