• Vol. 48 No. 6
  • 15 June 2019

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Road Traffic Accident Survivors – Can We Do More?

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Medicine and technology are closely intertwined. Technology
has opened a plethora of possibilities to medical
treatments with better imaging and diagnostic devices,
novel intervention techniques and countless medication
choices. It has also enhanced the standard of living and
created ease and accessibility in modern-day commute.
Traditional means of transportation such as cars and
motorcycles have been equipped with more powerful
engines that are able to accelerate faster and attain higher
speeds in a shorter time. Personal mobility devices (PMDs)
such as electronic scooters, motorised wheelchairs and
power-assisted bicycles are now commonly used and
can reach cruising speeds of up to 50 km/h. While technology
has no doubt improved the quality of life, it has
proven to be a double-edged sword and created a new
set of problems. The number of more severe road traffic
accidents (RTAs) have spiked and survivors often present
with long-term psychiatric disabilities and impaired
health-related quality of life.1

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