Q5: Is psychological debriefing better (more effective than/as safe as) than no intervention in people exposed to a recent traumatic event?

Psychological debriefing is one of the most widely implemented interventions after exposure to potentially traumatic events. Informed by systematic reviews suggesting that single session debriefing may be harmful (van Emmerik et al, 2002; Rose et al,2002), WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse has previously issued a statement that it does not recommend psychological debriefing (WHO, 2003). However, the evidence informing this recommendation has never been GRADEd by WHO and the recommendation needs to be updated.

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