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Attrition rates in women with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after rape: a systematic literature review and qualitative evaluation of treatment discontinuation with patients from the Thematic Project

Grant number: 20/12990-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2020
Effective date (End): November 30, 2021
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine - Psychiatry
Principal Investigator:Andrea de Abreu Feijó de Mello
Grantee:Ingridy Karoliny Romão Rodrigues
Host Institution: Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:14/12559-5 - Posttraumatic stress disorder and neuroprogression: new approaches to understand the effects of violence on mental functioning, AP.TEM


Data from Forum Brasileiro de Segurança Pública in 2018 showed 180 cases of sexual abuse per day, mainly in women. Unfortunately, not all women sick for health services after the episode and between 30-50% develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a consequence of this kind of violence. Besides, a significant number of patients abandon the treatment for PTSD after rape and the literature lack evidence about motivations for treatment discontinuation. This study objectives are to review the literature to better understand attrition rates in PTSD after rape and to qualitatively propose hypothesis for explaining the matter.

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