Prevalence of PTSD and common mental disorders amongst ambulance personnel: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Katherine Petrie, Josie Milligan-Saville, Aimee Gayed, Mark Deady, Andrea Phelps, Lisa Dell, David Forbes, Richard A Bryant, Rafael A Calvo, Nicholas Glozier, Samuel B Harvey
SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2018
PURPOSE: There is increasing concern regarding the mental health impact of first responder work, with some reports suggesting ambulance personnel may be at particularly high risk. Through this systematic review and meta-analysis we aimed to determine the prevalence of mental health conditions among ambulance personnel worldwide. METHODS: A systematic search and screening process was conducted to identify studies for inclusion in the review. To be eligible, studies had to report original quantitative data on the prevalence of at least one of the following mental health outcome(s) of interest (PTSD, depression, anxiety, general psychological distress) for ambulance personnel samples. Quality o..View full abstract
The systematic review reported in this study was funded by Ambulance Victoria in collaboration with Phoenix Australia. SBH, JMS, AG and MD are supported by funding from NSW Health and the iCare Foundation. This project also benefited from funding from beyondblue and the Movember Foundation.