Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 77, Issue 3, pp 231–238 | Cite as

Effects of Medical Crisis Intervention on Anxiety, Depression, and Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms: A Meta-Analysis

  • Amy B. Stapleton
  • Jeffrey Lating
  • Matthew Kirkhart
  • George S. EverlyJr.
Original Paper


A meta-analysis of 11 studies (N=2124) investigating the impact of individual crisis intervention with medical patients yielded a significant, overall moderate effect size, d=0.44. The strongest effect of individual crisis intervention was on posttraumatic stress symptoms (d=0.57) and anxiety symptoms (d=0.52). Specific moderating factors, such as single versus multiple sessions, single versus multiple components of intervention, and level of interventionists’ training, were also analyzed. In sum, the results support highly trained interventionists continuing to provide multi-session interventions in order to mitigate posttraumatic symptomatology following traumatic events.


Crisis intervention Trauma PTSD Medical patients 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amy B. Stapleton
    • 1
  • Jeffrey Lating
    • 1
  • Matthew Kirkhart
    • 1
  • George S. EverlyJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Johns Hopkins School of MedicineJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Loyola College in MarylandStarkvilleUSA

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