[Posttraumatic stress disorder (psychiatric injury) after road traffic accidents in forensic medicine: a primary study].Fa Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2006 Apr; 22(2):107-10, 116.FY
Studying forensic medical problem related with RTA leading PTSD and supplying accumulating evidence for psychiatric compensation in court.
One hundred and fifty six victims of RTA were recruited who applied to court for a costs order. The victims were examined for psychiatric diagnosis by psychiatrists and for rank of impairment by experts in forensic clinical medicine. The self-report psychopathological status and quality of life were also measured.
Eighty one victims of 156 (51.92%) fulfilled the criteria for PTSD (ICD-10). Morbidity difference in male and female were significant; The more serious extent of impairment is, the more PTSD'possibility is; The scores in World Health Organization Quality of Life were lower and in SAS and SDS were higher in PTSD group than in non-PTSD group. Acquirement of awarded costs could obviously prevent PTSD.
The higher PTSD incidence existed in the RTA victims who applied to court for a costs order, and acquirement of awarded costs could obviously prevent PTSD.