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A principal strategy for the integration of mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings is the training of front-line workers in international consensus-based guidelines.
This paper presents a pilot study evaluating changes in knowledge and understanding as a result of a brief training course in Nepal.
Evaluation questionnaires were distributed to participants in two-day courses (n = 109) before, directly after, and at two months following completion.
The course resulted in a post-training increase in correct answers of 21%, which further increased to 25% at two months.
A short training course based on widely endorsed guidelines to front-line staff can significantly increase mental health literacy for complex emergencies. While promising, the trend of knowledge gain is modest at most, and suggests a need for more intensive or more targeted training courses.
Jordans MJD, Luitel NP, Poudyal B, Tol WA, Komproe IH. Evaluation of a brief training on mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies: a pre- and post-assessment in Nepal. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2012;27(3):1-4.
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