Traumatised refugees in treatment – description of psychiatric diagnoses and full symptom
picture using systematic SCAN interviews
(This project is linked to The effect of the treatment of traumatised refugees with trauma-focused
cognitive behavioural therapy (TFCBT) and medical treatment including antidepressants – a
randomised controlled clinical study (PTF1))
2. Project period:
Summer 2010 – Autumn 2011
Trine Marie Nørgaard, MD and Cæcilie Buhmann, MD, PhD
To draw an evidence-based picture of symptom complexity in traumatised refugees.
5.1 Number of participants:
Adult trauma-affected refugees referred to treatment at CTP and included in
the linked project (see Section 1 above).
5.3 Description of data and data collection
Parts of the SCAN interview were conducted to identify all psychiatric diagnoses in the target
group. A medical doctor with psychiatric training carried out a SCAN interview after completing
a short training programme in the interviewing technique. Approximately 30 interviews were
completed over a period of 2 years. The interviews took place within 60 days of starting the
treatment after 6 months on the waiting list. This project enables a thorough screening for
comorbidity, including somatic conditions and a validation of existing diagnoses such as complex
and chronic PTSD.
6. Dissemination of results
A paper is planned to be published when data analyses has been finalised.