Who seeks treatment after a traumatic event and who does not? A review of findings on mental health service utilization

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  • Jelena Jankovic Gavrilovic - , Queen Mary University of London (Author)
  • Matthias Schützwohl - , Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (Author)
  • Mina Fazel - , University of Oxford (Author)
  • Stefan Priebe - , Queen Mary University of London, East London NHS Foundation Trust (Author)


This review aimed to identify factors associated with seeking treatment from mental health services after a traumatic event. Databases of literature were searched in a systematic manner and 24 relevant articles were found. Although many of the findings are inconsistent, the most important factors associated with treatment seeking appear to be a higher level of psychopathology, the type and level of the traumatic event, and sociodemographic characteristics, in particular female gender. Even though the evidence is insufficient to guide service development, suggestions for future research are made. The methodological quality of research should be improved to establish whether the inconsistency of findings reflects methodological artefacts or true differences between different samples and contexts.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-605
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

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Scopus 33645309664
PubMed 16382432


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