Psychotherapeutic approach to the management of the severely injured patient.


In this modern day and age, severe injury has become the dire consequence of an ever-increasing number of motor vehicle, industrial and mining accidents as well as sport-, military- and terror-related incidents that occur. The management of the severely injured patient is mostly directed on an exclusively physical level. Often, very little attention is afforded to the psychosocial factors that prevail following physical trauma. The author describes and discusses how holistic multidisciplinary intervention within the medical milieu facilitates a more psychotherapeutic approach to the management of severely injured patients. This approach facilitates physical recovery and increases the rate of readjustment and reintegration into society, of those who have sustained severe injury.

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@article{Badenhorst1990PsychotherapeuticAT, title={Psychotherapeutic approach to the management of the severely injured patient.}, author={J C Badenhorst}, journal={Psychotherapy and psychosomatics}, year={1990}, volume={53 1-4}, pages={156-60} }