A missing element in disaster mental health: Behavioral health surveillance for first responders

Jan Shubert, George S. Everly, Mary Beth Williams, Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, Nancy Fiedler, Clifford S. Mitchell, Alan M. Langlieb E

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Abstract

Considerable literature exists on surveillance for medical effects of responses to a disaster, but there is a dearth of information on conducting surveillance of behavioral health effects for first responders. This article reviews the literature and rationale behind behavioral health surveillance in the context of medical surveillance of first responders, examines special populations and ethical issues, discusses a model currently used by the U.S. military, discusses unresolved issues, and concludes with some practical suggestions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-214
Number of pages14
JournalInternational journal of emergency mental health
Volume9
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007

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Keywords

  • Behavioral health
  • Disasters
  • First responders
  • Medical surveillance
  • Surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Shubert, J., Everly, G. S., Williams, M. B., Ritchie, E. C., Fiedler, N., Mitchell, C. S., & Langlieb E, A. M. (2007). A missing element in disaster mental health: Behavioral health surveillance for first responders. International journal of emergency mental health, 9(3), 201-214.