Repozitorij Medicinskog fakulteta Sveučilišta u Zagrebu

Self-inflicted burns in patients with chronic combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder

Braš, Marijana and Lončar, Zoran and Boban, Maja and Gregurek, Rudolf and Brajković, Lovorka and Tomičić, Hrvoje and Muljačić, Ante and Mičković, Vlatko and Kalenić, Barbara (2007) Self-inflicted burns in patients with chronic combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder. Collegium antropologicum, 31 (4). pp. 1173-1177. ISSN 0350-6134 (Print)

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    Croatian abstract

    U ovom su radu analizirana samozapaljenja kod četiri bolesnika s kroničnim posttraumatskim stresnim poremećajem (PTSP). Ovi su bolesnici hospitalizirani na Odjelu za opekline Klinike za traumatologiju u Zagrebu zbog ozbiljnih opeklina, a imali su premorbidnu psihijatrijsku povijest PTSP-a. Kod svih bolesnika prikupljeni su demografski podaci, podaci o okolnostima ozljeđivanja, karakteristikama opeklina te tijeku i ishodu liječenja. Autori su analizirali mogući utjecaj senzacionalističkog prikazivanja samozapaljenja bolesnika kao mogućeg faktora induciranja novih slučajeva pokušaja suicida, poznatog u literaturi kao Wertherov sindrom. Naglašena je važnost multidisciplinarnog pristupa u liječenju opeklinskih bolesnika s važnom ulogom suradnog psihijatra. Nužna je edukacija novinara u cilju sprječavanja senzacionalističkog izvještavanja o ovakvim događajima. Kontinuirano psihijatrijsko liječenje vulnerabilnih bolesnika može biti korisno u prevenciji samozapaljenja.

    English abstract

    This study examined self-inflicted burns in case series of four patients with chronic combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those patients were hospitalized in the Burn Unit of the University Hospital of Traumatology in Zagreb because of severe burns and had a premorbid psychiatric history of PTSD. Demographic data and information regarding the circumstances surrounding the incident, burn severity, treatment and outcomes of these patients were collected. The authors have analyzed possible impacts of the sensationalistic way in which media present cases of self-inflicted burning that induce other, new cases of this suicide type, known in the literature as "Werther's syndrome". The importance of multidisciplinary approach in the treatment of burn patients is stressed with emphasis on the important role of liaison psychiatrist in treating these patients. It is necessary to educate media people to avoid sensational reporting on this kind of events. Continuous psychiatric treatment of vulnerable individuals could be useful in prevention of self-inflicted burns.

    Item Type: Article
    MeSH: Burns - psychology ; Self-Injurious Behavior - psychology ; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic - psychology ; Suicide, Attempted ; Adult ; Humans ; Male ; Middle Aged
    Divisions: Katedra za psihijatriju i psihološku medicinu
    Depositing User: Boris Čičovački
    Status: Published
    Creators:
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    Braš, Marijana
    Lončar, Zoran
    Boban, Maja
    Gregurek, Rudolf
    Brajković, Lovorka
    Tomičić, Hrvoje
    Muljačić, Ante
    Mičković, Vlatko
    Kalenić, Barbara
    Date: December 2007
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2008
    Last Modified: 23 Sep 2011 18:10
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      URI: http://medlib.mef.hr/id/eprint/413

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