Earthquakes and rehabilitation needs: Experiences from Bam, Iran

Raissi, G.R. (2007) Earthquakes and rehabilitation needs: Experiences from Bam, Iran. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 30 (4). pp. 369-372.

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Background: In December 2003, a devastating earthquake destroyed Bam and surrounding areas in Iran, leaving many people with residual deficits and disabilities, of which approximately 240 patients had spinal cord injury (SCI). Methods: As an independent volunteer working in outpatient clinics, I visited the patients as part of a mobile team and set up a short educational course in spinal cord medicine. Results: I visited 34 patients with SCI in the first 3 months. Eight months after the disaster, I visited 54 patients with SCI, 29 female (53.7) and 25 male (46.3). Postdisaster problems were identified, including need for accurate data collection, identification of patients' conditions, attention paid to psychosocial issues, ethical dilemmas, and research needs. Conclusion: Disaster preparedness for earthquakes should include first aid and injury prevention, coordination of relief efforts, basic education and medical care, and short-and long-term rehabilitation needs. The major focus of rehabilitation medicine specialists' should be education of the general and professional population toward integrating the concept of rehabilitation.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: accident prevention; accuracy; article; disaster planning; earthquake; female; first aid; human; information processing; Iran; major clinical study; male; medical care; patient education; personal experience; public health; rehabilitation medicine; social psychology; spinal cord injury; adolescent; adult; disaster; educational status; health service; Iran; psychological aspect; psychology; retrospective study; spinal cord injury, Adolescent; Adult; Data Collection; Disaster Planning; Educational Status; Female; Health Services Needs and Demand; Humans; Iran; Male; Natural Disasters; Psychology; Retrospective Studies; Spinal Cord Injuries
Subjects: WX Hospitals and Other Health Facilities
Divisions: School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Depositing User: parto mrs bakhtminoo
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2019 11:19
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2019 11:19

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