The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) “is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like combat, assault, or disaster. Most people have some stress reactions after a trauma. If the reactions don’t go away over time or disrupt your life, you may have PTSD”.
What you’ll find on the website:
There’s a public section for veterans, the general public, family and friends.
Returning from war: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/reintegration/index.asp
Specific to women: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/women/index.asp
There’s a Professional section that contains training materials as well as information and tools to help care providers with assessment and treatment. The materials are based on the latest research, much of which is conducted by National Center staff.
There is a Continuing Education section where all the courses are free: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/continuing_ed/index.asp
Possibly of most interest to health science librarians is the PILOTS database.
PILOTS stands for Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress database and is an index to the worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. Unlike other databases, the PILOTS Database does not restrict its coverage to articles appearing in selected journals. It attempts to include all publications relevant to PTSD and other forms of traumatic stress, whatever their origin without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographic limitations. There is an option to limit a search to peer-reviewed journals.
2 search tips provided on the site:
- By default, the database is programmed to look for documents with all the terms entered.
- Use “quotation marks” to search for exact phrases.
6 Things to know:
- You can use MeSH two-letter subheading codes along with your search terms to focus your results
- There is a controlled vocabulary thesaurus, but it is in PDF format.
- There is an advanced search option.
- Adjacency searching is also an option. See Help: https://goo.gl/z47Qa9
- You can save results
- You can setup an alert