Prevalence in journalists

What is prevalence?

Prevalence represents the overall proportion of individuals in a population who have the disorder of interest. It is different from incidence, which represents only the new cases that have developed over a particular time period. Point prevalence is the proportion of individuals in a population who have the disorder at a given point in time (e.g., at one-month post-trauma), while period prevalence is the proportion of individuals in a population who have the disorder over specific time periods (e.g., one to two months post-trauma). Lifetime prevalence is the proportion of individuals in a population who have ever had the disorder and lifetime morbid risk also includes those who had the disorder but were deceased at the time of the survey.

What is the evidence for the prevalence of PTSD in journalists?

Moderate quality evidence finds the overall prevalence of PTSD in journalists is around 7.2%, with rates highest in those exposed to multiple severe events like war or natural disasters.

August 2021

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Last updated at: 2:48 am, 4th August 2021
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