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A novel screening tool helps to identify hospitalized trauma patients at high risk for later mental health problems, and an emotional recovery program for trauma patients is feasible, according to two studies published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS).

At least one in five Americans hospitalized after traumatic injury develops posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and/or other psychiatric disorders. However, most U.S. trauma centers report not routinely screening trauma patients for mental health problems, a 2022 survey found. Last year, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma began requiring ACS-verified trauma centers to routinely screen trauma patients for mental health risks and to refer affected patients to mental healthcare practitioners.

“Early responses to trauma do not accurately predict who will develop mental health problems,” said Eve Carlson, PhD, a clinical psychologist researcher with the National Center for PTSD and lead author of a study published in JACS that described the development and initial performance of a novel mental health risk screen for hospitalized patients.

David Spain, MD, FACS, a trauma surgeon at Stanford Medical Center in Stanford, California, who co-led the study, noted that “existing mental health screening tools are fairly long and have not been widely tested in large groups with different racial or ethnic subgroups.”

A recent breakthrough introduces a novel screening tool and emotional recovery program designed to provide essential mental health support for trauma patients. This article delves into the innovative initiatives, outlining their potential to address the mental health needs of individuals coping with trauma.

The newly developed screening tool aims to identify mental health challenges early in trauma patients, ensuring timely intervention and personalized care. Complemented by an emotional recovery program, this comprehensive approach seeks to enhance emotional well-being and resilience, fostering a path toward healing.

For those dealing with trauma-related issues or struggling with addiction, seeking professional assistance is paramount. If you or someone you know needs support, RehabNear.Me is here to help. Call us at 855-339-1112, and our compassionate team will guide you to appropriate addiction treatment resources and mental health support tailored to your unique needs. Taking the step towards seeking help can pave the way for a brighter and healthier future. Reach out today.



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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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