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Development of mental health first aid guidelines for panic attacks: a Delphi study

Kelly, Claire M, Jorm, Anthony F and Kitchener, Betty A 2009, Development of mental health first aid guidelines for panic attacks: a Delphi study, BMC Psychiatry, vol. 9, Article number: 49, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-9-49.

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Title Development of mental health first aid guidelines for panic attacks: a Delphi study
Author(s) Kelly, Claire M
Jorm, Anthony F
Kitchener, Betty A
Journal name BMC Psychiatry
Volume number 9
Season Article number: 49
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1471-244X
Summary BACKGROUND: Panic attacks are common, and while they are not life-threatening events, they can lead to the development of panic disorder and agoraphobia. Appropriate help at the time that a panic attack occurs may decrease the fear associated with the attack and reduce the risk of developing an anxiety disorder. However, few people have the knowledge and skills required to assist. Simple first aid guidelines may help members of the public to offer help to people who experience panic attacks.

METHODS: The Delphi method was used to reach consensus in a panel of experts. Experts included 50 professionals and 6 people who had experience of panic attacks and were active in mental health advocacy. Statements about how to assist someone who is having a panic attack were sourced through a systematic search of both professional and lay literature. These statements were rated for importance as first aid guidelines by the expert and consumer panels and guidelines were written using the items most consistently endorsed.

RESULTS: Of 144 statements presented to the panels, 27 were accepted. These statements were used to develop the guidelines appended to this paper.

CONCLUSION: There are a number of actions which are considered to be useful for members of the public to do if they encounter someone who is having a panic attack. These guidelines will be useful in revision of curricula of mental health first aid programs. They can also be used by members of the public who want immediate information about how to assist someone who is experiencing panic attacks.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1471-244X-9-49
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
1103 Clinical Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2009, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30075838

Document type: Journal Article
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