Trauma: prevalence, impairment, service use, and cost.

Conference Paper

A review of the literature on the epidemiology of trauma reveals that traumatic events are common: most Americans experience at least one over the course of their lives. According to recent estimates, 5% of men and 10% to 12% of women will suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sometime in their lives, and for victims of traumas such as rape, the rate may be as high as 60% to 80%. For at least a third of sufferers, PTSD is a persistent condition lasting many years. Over 80% of persons with PTSD suffer from other psychiatric disorders. Many also experience marital, occupational, financial, and health problems. While trauma victims are disproportionate users of the health care system, they are reluctant to seek mental health treatment. Consequences of exposure to trauma are enormously costly, not only to the victims, but also to our health care system and to society as a whole.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Solomon, SD; Davidson, JR

Published Date

  • January 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 58 Suppl 9 /

Start / End Page

  • 5 - 11

PubMed ID

  • 9329445

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1555-2101

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0160-6689