Poly-trauma Survivors: Assessment using Rating Scales and SIS - II

Chaudhury, Suprakash; Murthy, P. S.; Banerjee, Amitav; Kumari, Dolly; Alreja, Sarika
January 2011
SIS Journal of Projective Psychology & Mental Health;Jan2011, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p39
Academic Journal
Soldiers with poly-trauma are reported to suffer serious psychological disorders. However, little is known about psychological distress associated with poly-trauma in Indian security force personnel. The present study aimed to assess psychological distress associated with poly-trauma in Indian security force personnel. The study included 100 consecutive poly- trauma patients and 100 normal subjects. All the subjects were screened using General Health Questionnaire (GHQ), Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST), Carroll Rating Scale for Depression (CRSD), State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), Impact of Events Scale (IFS), Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory (MFI), Perceived Stress Questionnaire (PSQ), The Satisfaction with life scale (SWLS) and the SIS- II. As compared to normal subjects the poly-trauma patients obtained significantly higher scores on the GHQ, CRSD, IES and MFI but not on the MAST, STAI, and SWLS. Poly-trauma patients had a significantly higher prevalence of psychiatric disorders (34), depression (41%) and alcohol problems (24%). The results indicate that psychological intervention would greatly facilitate the management of these patients.


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