Human costs after the bomb attack in the Government Quarter

Image of a damaged entrance area to a concrete building. The street is covered in rubble, pieces of metal, wooden slats and paper. Amidst the chaos, a person is seen from a distance.
The Government Quarter right after the explosion.
Table with the Selection: Number of ministry employees who met the criteria for participation in the study: 3,520; participated in the first round of the study: 1974; participated in the second round of study: 1780; participated in the third round of the study: 1570; participated in at least one round of the survey: 2,519.
Picture 1 shows the number of employees in the Governement Quarter who participated in the first, second and third round of the study. The table also shows how many met the criteria for participation in the study.
Diagram of government employees' sick leave before and after the bomb attack in the Government Quarter. 37-42 months after the attack, sickness absence was just over three per cent, while 25-36 months afterwards, it rose to just under four per cent. 13-24 months after the attack is when sickness absence is highest at just over four percent. In the period 0-12 months after the attack, sickness absence was almost the same, but still a few percentage points lower at around four percent. In the period 0-12 months before the attack, sickness absence is at its lowest at three per cent.
Government employees' sick leave before and after the bomb attack in the Government Quarter
Form with an overview of PTSD symptoms among employees who were, and who were not, present in the Government Quarter during the attack. For those who were present in the Government Quarter during the attack, 24% in 2012, 17% in 2013 and 17% in 2014 respectively had symptoms of PTSD. For employees who were not present in the Government Quarter during the attack, respectively in 2012 4%, in 2013 3% and in 2014 2% had symptoms of PTSD.
incidence of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among employees who were in the Government Quarter during the attack, and those who were not. In both 2013 and 2014, it is reported that 17% of employees who were in the Government Quarter during the attack had symptoms of PTSD. This is considerably higher than in the rest of the population.
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