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A comparison of trauma history, psychopathology and treatment efficiency in two trauma-affected populations with PTSD: refugees versus persons family reunified with a refugee

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Background and objectives:
More than 25 million people in the world have a refugee status. Studies suggest an increase in mental health issues such as PTSD within this population. Research on treatment for this group focuses mainly on refugees and knowledge of specific subgroups is limited. This study aims to investigate the differences between the subgroups trauma-affected refugees and trama-affected persons family reunified with a refugee. The clinical impression suggests that these two groups differ as to sociodemographic factors, trauma history and treatment outcome.

The project is a retrospective, comparative cohort study, which includes 772 patients. All patients have finished treatment at Competence Centre of Transcultural Psychiatry (CTP) and have completed a collection of rating scales before and after treatment. Two cohorts of patients are constructed: one cohort with patients, who have participated in interpreter-mediated psychotherapy and one cohort with patients, who have participated in psychotherapy without interpreter. Differences between the results of the rating scales before and after treatment are used as measure for treatment outcome and the two cohorts’ results are compared. Multiple linear regression analyses are performed to explore whether treatment outcome depends on the involvement of interpreter in psychotherapy. Furthermore possible predictors of treatment outcome will be explored.

Results: Statistical analyses are ongoing.

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