Rehabilitation of traumatised refugees and survivors of torture

Metin Basoglu, 2006

(BMJ 2006;333:1230-1231) In a 1988 BMJ editorial,1 Marks and I reviewed the available knowledge on the mental health effects of torture and their treatment and presented a critical look at rehabilitation programmes for survivors. Eighteen years later, it is time to cast another look at the advances in our understanding of torture and its treatment and how this progress has translated into rehabilitation work with survivors. Such an update is timely: given the political developments of the last two decades, torture has become an ever more serious problem.

Key wordspost-traumatic stress disorder / refugee health / refugees / rehabilitation / torture / trauma