Expressive writing as an intervention to decrease distress in pediatric critical care nurses

Written disclosure: a way of coping with traumatic stress.

Nurs Stand. 1999 Jun 2-8;13(37):43-4.

Johal SS1, Bennett P.

Verbal debriefing after a traumatic incident may interrupt the natural adaptive processes that help people to deal with such incidents. This article examines the effectiveness of written interventions to help people experiencing distress after trauma experienced at work. As an alternative to critical incident debriefing, the authors recommend a staff education programme in tandem with written disclosure.