Disaster medical assistance teams: what psychosocial support is needed?

  title={Disaster medical assistance teams: what psychosocial support is needed?},
  author={Garry J Stevens and Simon Byrne and Beverley Raphael and Richard L Ollerton},
  journal={Prehospital and disaster medicine},
  volume={23 2},
OBJECTIVE The objective of this preliminary study was to evaluate the perceptions of internationally deployed Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) personnel regarding the psychosocial support needs of these teams. METHODS The DMAT questionnaire was sent to 34 members of Australian medical teams involved in deployments to the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami and the 2006 Java earthquake. Twenty personnel (59%) completed this survey, which reviewed key deployment stressors, specific support… CONTINUE READING


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