Trauma-informed care

Why it's an essential framework for patient care and how to get started

Written by Darby Sullivan and Micha'le Simmons

Key takeaways

  • Trauma has significant and enduring negative impacts on patients’ health outcomes and is often an underlying barrier to effective self-management.
  • Trauma-informed care requires that health care organizations make a cultural shift and equip care teams to address existing patient trauma. They must also adjust policies to avoid inadvertently retraumatizing patients.

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