Incidence and Psychophysiology of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Breast Cancer Victims and Witnesses
Annual rept. 26 Sep 1995-25 Sep 1996
HARVARD COLL CAMBRIDGE MA
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The objectives are a to evaluate the incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD in breast cancer patients and witnesses i.e., significant others, and b to validate - interview-based diagnosis by measuring physiologic responses during script-driven imagery of patients and witnesses personal experiences with breast cancer. To date, 35 patients and 26 witnesses have been studied. Telephone interview data have been obtained on an additional 24 patients and 21 witnesses. Results to date suggest that the incidence and physiologic responses of breast cancer patients and witnesses are lower than those of survivors of other traumatic experiences.
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