• Vol. 48 No. 6, 169–170
  • 15 June 2019

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


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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