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Life recovery after disasters: a qualitative study in the Iranian context
University of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran; Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
University of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Iran University of Medical Sciences, Teheran, Iran.
University of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
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2013 (English)In: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, ISSN 1049-023X, E-ISSN 1945-1938, Vol. 28, no 6, 573-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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INTRODUCTION: Planned and organized long-term rehabilitation services should be provided to victims of a disaster for social integration, economic self-sufficiency, and psychological health. There are few studies on recovery and rehabilitation issues in disaster situations. This study explores the disaster-related rehabilitation process.

METHOD: This study was based on qualitative analysis. Participants included 18 individuals (eight male and ten female) with experience providing or receiving disaster health care or services. Participants were selected using purposeful sampling. Data were collected through in-depth and semi-structured interviews. All interviews were transcribed and content analysis was performed based on qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS: The study explored three main concepts of recovery and rehabilitation after a disaster: 1) needs for health recovery; 2) intent to delegate responsibility; and 3) desire for a wide scope of social support. The participants of this study indicated that to provide comprehensive recovery services, important basic needs should be considered, including the need for physical rehabilitation, social rehabilitation, and livelihood health; the need for continuity of mental health care; and the need for family re-unification services. Providing social activation can help reintegrate affected people into the community.

CONCLUSION: Effective rehabilitation care for disaster victims requires a clear definition of the rehabilitation process at different levels of the community. Involving a wide set of those most likely to be affected by the process provides a comprehensive, continuous, culturally sensitive, and family-centered plan.

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New York, USA: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Vol. 28, no 6, 573-9 p.
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Disaster, disaster rehabilitation, recovery process, rehabilitation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-59344DOI: 10.1017/S1049023X1300900XPubMedID: 24300524Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84895774807OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-59344DiVA: diva2:1135815
Available from: 2017-08-24 Created: 2017-08-24 Last updated: 2017-09-25Bibliographically approved

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