Provider Perspectives

The difficult conversations. Delivering bad news. The resulting emotions. Only a rare day will pass when a physician, nurse or other healthcare professions will not interact with a patient’s (or family member’s) emotions. 

It’s the time of year to make resolutions. Maybe your resolution involves adopting a trauma informed approach to the care of your pediatric patients. Practicing through a trauma informed lens often requires a shift in mindset. 

A common question among doctors and nurses looking to implement trauma informed care is “What does it mean to be trauma informed in my department/unit/practice?” 

Many factors come into play when doctor and nurses practice through a trauma informed lens. There's the fundamental understanding of the traumatic nature of medical care and that patients may arrive with an array of previous traumas. Emphasis is placed on the assessment of the patient and family's distress...

Insufficient time typifies a common concern of doctors and nurses when implementing trauma informed care. While screening a pediatric patient and family for psychosocial risks requires a few additional minutes, at its essence, practicing trauma informed care asks physicians and nurses to view patient interactions through a trauma informed lens.