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Psychiatric assessment and treatment of survivors of torture

  • Richard M. Duffy and Brendan D. Kelly
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Torture remains an ongoing global problem. Many individuals who have migrated from areas of conflict and political instability have suffered some form of torture. Survivors of torture can present significant challenges to general practitioners, voluntary bodies and mental health services. This article describes the many physical, psychological and social effects of torture. An understanding of these will hopefully aid comprehensive assessment of survivors of torture by local mental health teams. Also described are the current treatment options and their evidence base.

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Dr Richard M. Duffy, Department of Adult Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland 2. Email: richard.duffy@ucd.ie
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Learning Objectives

Appreciate the prevalence and current epidemiological trends of torture and its relation to migration Be aware of all important components of a comprehensive psychiatric assessment of survivors of torture Understand the evidence-based treatments and their theory

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