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. It asks doctors and nurses to see patients from the view point of “what happened to you” instead of “what’s wrong with you”. 


Trauma Informed Care by Being Present with Patients

A simple way to start shift to a trauma informed approach is to practice being present with your patients. Not taking notes or attempting to multitask in other ways. Just listening, as Dr. Christine Sinsky shares:


As a physician, it has been the times when I push away from the computer to pause, look, and listen to the patient in which I find the most meaning, the most value. It is then that a missed diagnosis may pop into my mind, an insight into the patient’s hesitation becomes apparent, or simply when the meeting of two people in a room, in a clinic, in a community, on this planet happens.


Being present with your patients not only enhances patient care, but as Dr. Sinsky explains above, job satisfaction as well.  What would this look like at the bedside? Again Dr. Sinsky shares an example:


The nurse checked me in, asked how things were going, did standard visual tests, and measured my intraocular pressure. She returned with the physician, who talked with me face to face. While he examined me with the slit lamp, the nurse provided him technical data from my previous visits, and then he relayed to her additional technical data from his exam, which she recorded. He then pushed the slit lamp aside and talked with me again, this time about options and next steps. He consulted previous studies in the electronic health record. But he was not furiously typing. He was talking and attentively listening.


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