As a health care provider, you have an opportunity, and many of the basic skills, to make a difference in how children and their families experience illness, injury, and the medical care they receive. Opportunities to help patients by using trauma-informed care arise at each phase of medical treatment – from new diagnosis or emergent treatment through ongoing treatment of chronic illness or sequelae of injury. However, not every child and family will require the same level of care. Many health care professional can provide universal trauma-informed care as part of everyday clinical treatment. One way to incorporate universal trauma informed care is to screen patients to identify those who may need more help. Once you screen your patients, you'll be able to provide anticipatory guidance about stress reactions and ways of coping. Screening also allows you to assess for more severe distress or risk factors, and make appropriate referrals for additional services if warranted.
Do you screen patients, and if so, at what phase of medical treatment do you screen?