At the Heart of Trauma-Informed Care

Authors

  • Marguerite Cooper Lloyd Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.26443/ijwpc.v6i1.193

Keywords:

Trauma-informed care

Abstract

“Trauma-informed care” provides a framework to guide clinicians in responding to the epidemic of trauma. Yet few clinicians feel comfortable defining trauma-informed care or describing how it translates into practice. This reflective piece suggests four dimensions of trauma-informed care: 1) Awareness of the prevalence of trauma and its long-term effects on physical and emotional health to every encounter; 2) attitudes that recognize resilience and take into account how trauma may influence behavior and engagement in care; 3) an approach to care that prioritizes safety, choice and collaboration while working to build trust; and 4) education regarding trauma’s effects, and connection to resources to support healing. These dimensions seek to clarify the provider’s role in creating a trauma-informed health care environment and stimulate reflection on how best to serve patients affected by trauma.

Author Biography

Marguerite Cooper Lloyd, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Resident, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

References

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Published

2019-01-10

How to Cite

Lloyd, M. C. (2019). At the Heart of Trauma-Informed Care. The International Journal of Whole Person Care, 6(1), 22-25. https://doi.org/10.26443/ijwpc.v6i1.193

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The Clinician's Art