Implementing Trauma-Informed Pediatric Care can address other important goals shared by many pediatric health care settings, such as

Family-Centered Care

Trauma-Informed Pediatric Care supports and strengthens Family-Centered Care:

  • Pediatric providers familiar with family-centered care will note many areas of overlap between family-centered and trauma-informed care.
  • Trauma-informed care brings a distinct focus on awareness of traumatic stress related to medical events, but also includes a central role for involving families and promoting family strengths.

Many key professional groups have identified family-centered care as key to excellent pediatric medical care (go to .pdf from Institute for Family-Centered Care).

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Quality Improvement

In collaboration with families and other health care professionals, pediatricians should examine systems of care, individual interactions with patients and families, and patient flow and should modify these as needed to improve the patient's and family's experience of care.

-From the AAP Committee on Hospital Care

The Institute of Medicine’s landmark report "Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century" (2001) drew attention to providing emotional support and relieving fear and anxiety as key to quality patient-centered health care.

Trauma-Informed Pediatric Care can promote health care facilities’ existing efforts to improve the quality of care, meet regulatory and accreditation requirements, and increase patient and family satisfaction with care.

  • Optimizing pain management to reduce distress also addresses JCAHO standards for appropriate assessment and management of pain.
  • Maximizing continuity of care for patient emotional needs addresses the IOM’s goals for high quality patient-centered care.
  • Clear communication between patients / families and the health care team is key to improving patient safety and reducing medical errors.
  • Key elements of Trauma-Informed Pediatric Care can be implemented as part of formal quality improvement initiatives.