Does brief psychological debriefing help manage psychological distress after trauma and prevent post traumatic stress disorder? Evidence Update, Mental Health Series, January 2006.
Each Evidence Update is a 2-page summary of a Cochrane Review of healthcare interventions relevant to people in low-income and middle-income countries.
This Evidence Update is Adapted from Rose S, Bisson J, Wessely S. Psychological debriefing for preventing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD000560. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000560.
There is no evidence that single session individual psychological debriefing prevents post traumatic stress disorder after traumatic events.
Effective Health Care Alliance Programme Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, pp.2