Psychiatric sequelae and psychosocial adjustment following ocular trauma: a retrospective pilot study

David Alan Alexander, R. V. Kemp, Susan Klein, John Vincent Forrester

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Aims-To identify the prevalence of psychiatric and adjustment problems after ocular trauma and those factors related to a poor outcome.

Methods-47 patients were assessed by structured interview, of whom 45 satisfactorily completed three standardised self report measures of psychological functioning, subjective distress, and social adjustment.

Results-33% of patients displayed psychiatric "caseness". A number of features of the victim consistently resulted in poor outcome including a psychiatric history and peritraumatic dissociation.

Conclusion-These preliminary findings suggest ocular trauma is associated with psychomorbidity and problems of adjustment. The improved management of such patients would benefit from a more detailed analysis by means of a longitudinal study involving larger samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-562
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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