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Health Needs of Older Adults After Natural Disasters: A Systematic Literature Review

Shokoufeh Ahmadi 1 , Hamidreza Khankeh 2 , 3 , * , Robab Sahaf 4 , Asghar Dalvandi 5 , Seyed Ali Hosseini 6 and Shiva Jalilvand 7
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1 Health in Emergency and Disaster Research Center, Student Research Committee, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran
2 Health in Emergency and Disaster Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran
3 Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institute, Sweden; Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Leipzig, Germany
4 Department of Aging, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran
5 Department of Nursing, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran
6 Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran
7 Department of Psychology, Islamic Azad University, Sari, IR Iran
Article information
  • Trauma Monthly: July 2018, 23 (4); e60622
  • Published Online: July 2, 2018
  • Article Type: Review Article
  • Received: May 1, 2017
  • Revised: September 11, 2017
  • Accepted: October 21, 2017
  • DOI: 10.5812/traumamon.60622

To Cite: Ahmadi S, Khankeh H, Sahaf R, Dalvandi A, Hosseini S A, et al. Health Needs of Older Adults After Natural Disasters: A Systematic Literature Review, Trauma Mon. 2018 ; 23(4):e60622. doi: 10.5812/traumamon.60622.

Abstract
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1. Context
2. Methods
3. Study Selection
4. Data Evaluation
5. Results
6. Discussion
7. Conclusion
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