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Volume 9
Issue 3
Online publication date 2013-09-12
Title The psychological effects of radiological terrorism - a challenge to the family physician
Author Vili Slavchev Zahariev, Nikolai Milenov Hristov
Abstract Our objective was to assess the ability of family physicians from a capital city to overcome the psychological adverse effects of radiological terrorism and provide psychological support to the victims. We performed a single cross-sectional study in order to collect data and analyse the preparedness of general practitioners. The study was performed in September 2011. The relative share of the studied group of 400 GPs is 45% (out of a total of 890) with a standard error of 2.5% and 95% CI - (40.1% ÷ 49.9%). The knowledge and skills of family physicians are fragmented and superficial. Family physicians are also lacking any practical experience in the medical provision of victims, and in particular in the provision of psychological support. Many problems arise from missing knowledge on ionizing radiation and its influence on humans. Adequate education and practical training of family physicians could be the main factors in overcoming the psychological consequences of radiation accidents.
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Keywords Psychological effects, radiological terrorism, radiation accidents, family physicians
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