HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Better predictors are needed for posttraumatic stress disorder in children

Philadelphia -- Clinicians seeking to predict which acutely traumatized children are in need of more extensive follow-up should not rely solely on assessment of acute stress disorder (ASD) as a diagnostic tool. Research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found that only one in five children who developed posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) would have been identified during the immediate post-trauma period using only ASD diagnostic criteria. The study appears in the April issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

"Based on previous findings that have found a strong connection between ASD and future PTSD in adults, we set out to demonstrate sensitivity and specificity in predicting child PTSD among children with significant ASD symptoms," said lead author Nancy Kassam-Adams, Ph.D., associate director of behavioral research, TraumaLink at Children's Hospital. "Only when we used symptom subsets like dissociation or arousal did we find sensitive predictors for PTSD."

The study population included 243 children admitted to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for traffic-related injuries between July 1999 and October 2001. The children had been injured in a traffic crash in which the child was a motor vehicle passenger, a pedestrian or a bicyclist. The researchers assessed ASD symptoms within one month of the injury in 243 children. They assessed PTSD at least three months after the injury in 177 of the 243 children assessed previously.

Acute stress disorder is a group of symptoms and reactions that may occur within the first month after a traumatic experience. ASD symptoms include re-experiencing the trauma (unwanted and upsetting thoughts or memories), avoiding reminders of the trauma, hyperarousal (jumpiness), and dissociation (emotional numbing, feelings of unreality).

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is diagnosed when the re-experiencing, avoidance and hyperarousal symptoms persi
'"/>

Contact: Suzanne Hill
Hillsu@email.chop.edu
267-426-6067
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
31-Mar-2004


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Innovation prize finalists announced in Science of Better
2. Disaster management: Better management of hospital resources and staff is the answer
3. Better research needed to assess psychological and social effects of cannabis
4. Better brain imaging helps surgeons avoid damage to language functions
5. Better outcome for ICU patients after removal of bacteria from digestive tract
6. Better care and better communication urgently needed
7. Better access to health care is key to higher survival rates for African-Americans with colon cancer
8. Better control of liver enzymes saves lives of HIV patients, says University Of Pittsburgh
9. Better understanding of prognosis linked to greater emphasis on easing suffering of children with advanced cancer
10. Better diagnosis of pain in children
11. Better psychiatric support needed for children who lose a parent

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/21/2019)... , ... August 21, 2019 , ... ... Point on Sunday, July 28. The Phase II expansion of Providence Point in ... campus, as well as construction of the 70-unit apartment tower, Hamilton Tower. ...
(Date:8/19/2019)... ... August 19, 2019 , ... American Society ... and cosmetic procedures in 2018 – 7.5 percent more than 2017 and a ... ASDS Survey on Dermatologic Procedures revealed skin cancer treatments are persistently ...
(Date:8/19/2019)... ... August 19, 2019 , ... A July 26 article on ... brushing their pets’ teeth twice a day. The acknowledges that, with dogs not always ... that close monitoring and brushing at least twice a week is likely enough to ...
(Date:8/17/2019)... ARLINGTON, Texas (PRWEB) , ... August 17, 2019 ... ... 12 and 18 are receiving free dental care services today under a program ... relationship with Mission Arlington and are proud to work alongside them to make ...
(Date:8/16/2019)... ... August 16, 2019 , ... Cannabinoid ... and non-pharmaceutical cannabidiol (CBD) products across the CBD market in the United States ... crowdfunding campaign to raise $50 million on September 9, 2019. , Established on ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/21/2019)... ... 2019 , ... Dr. Leonard Bley at NY LASIK is proud ... (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) located in their state-of-the-art Manhattan surgery center. NY LASIK is ... area. SMILE is a one-step, one laser procedure that is more minimally invasive than ...
(Date:8/21/2019)... Israel (PRWEB) , ... August 21, 2019 , ... ... entering into a partnership to enhance cybersecurity workforce education and training. To commence ... simulated training platform for cybersecurity practitioners. Businesses in the United States now have ...
(Date:8/21/2019)... ... ... Impact Advisors , a leading provider of clinical, revenue cycle and ... to Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 list. The Inc. 5000 list is a prestigious ranking ... This year the firm was also named a 5-Time Inc. 5000 Honoree. , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: