Research and Reviews

The Cochrane Reviews are frequently referenced.  Their information is not always easy to search or to find for people who don’t have access to research libraries.  Hence I am making a copy available here.  All credit to the authors.

You will note on page 12 of Psychological debriefing for preventing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (Review) the following statements:

“1. At present the routine use of single session individual debriefing
in the aIermath of individual trauma cannot be recommended in
either military or civilian life. The practice of compulsory debriefing
should cease pending further evidence.”

 “2. We are unable to comment on the use of group debriefing, nor the
use of debriefing after mass traumas. We are also unable to make
recommendations about the use of debriefing in children.”

Regarding point #1, this is 100% consistent with the ICISF model in that there is never a “single session individual debriefing” and compulsory Critical Incident Stress Debriefings (CISD) have NEVER been a part of the ICISF model.  

Regarding point #2, it really speaks for itself.

If you are interested, I urge you to read the paper. 

This paper examines the Cochrane Reviews and their adherence to their own standards of research.  

Was Psychological Debriefing Dismissed Too Quickly? An Assessment of the 2002 Cochrane Review