Revista Medica de Chile
Rodrigo A. Figueroa, 1,2; Paula F. Cortés, 2; Luigi Accatino, 1; Richard Sorensen, 3.
1 Departamento de Psiquiatría, Escuela de Medicina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
2 Centro de Investigación para la Gestión Integrada de Desastres Naturales (CIGIDEN), Santiago, Chile.
3 United States Air Force.
Exposure to traumatic events is frequent in the general population and psychiatric sequelae such as post-traumatic stress disorders are common. The symptoms of psychiatric sequelae after trauma are vague, with multiple psychological and physical symptoms, which can confuse the health care professional. This paper seeks to facilitate the work in primary care, providing practical information about the diagnosis, initial management and referral of patients who have suffered traumatic experiences. Some early interventions and treatments are suggested.