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Components, organisation, costs and outcomes of health care and community based interventions for people with posttraumatic stress following war and conflict in the Balkans

Objective

Large numbers of people in Balkan countries and in refugee groups in member states have been affected by posttraumatic stress due to war and conflict. This project will investigate the components, organisation, utilisation, costs and outcomes of health care and community based interventions for people who were exposed to potentially traumatic events. The research consists of 3 interrelated parts: 1) in 4 Western Balkan countries and 3 member states, a new instrument to register health care and community based interventions for people with posttraumatic stress will be developed and tested; 2) a survey of people who experienced potentially traumatic events in the Balkans will be conducted in each of the 7 participating countries, 640 in each Balkan country and 250 in each member state. We will assess stressful events, utilisation of health care and community based services since the traumatic experience, costs of interventions, current and past levels of posttraumatic stress and other mental health disorders, and quality of life. The data will be used to develop statistical predictor models for the use of interventions and their outcome, i.e. level of posttraumatic stress and quality of life, which will be validated for each country and compared; 3) in the above survey a total of more than 800 people with persistent posttraumatic stress will be identified, interviewed in more detail, and followed-up after one year. Thus, we will investigate factors that influence symptom change in people with chronic symptoms, and estimate the cost-consequences of interventions in this group. Overall, the project will identify the relative contribution of medical care and community based interventions to recovery from posttraumatic stress in different groups and contexts. It will provide empirical evidence to design effective health and social care policies for people with posttraumatic stress, including the particularly challenging group with persistent symptoms.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-INCO-WBC-1
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Coordinator

QUEEN MARY AND WESTFIELD COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Address
Mile End Road
London
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
Address
Mommsenstrasse 13
Dresden
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA
Italy
Address
Via Università, 4
Modena
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE
Address
Dr Subotica 8
Belgrade
FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB
Croatia
Address
Lvana Lucica 3
Zagreb
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE UNIVERSITY OF RIJEKA
Croatia
Address
Brace Branchetta 20
Rijeka
FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY OF "ST. CYRIL AND METHODIUS", SKOPJE
Address
Krste Misirkov Bb
Skopje
KLINICKI CENTAR UNIVERZITETA - PSIHIJATRIJSKA KLINIKA - SARAJEVO
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Address
Bolnicka 25
Sarajevo