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When a child and family enter a hospital or medical setting, many factors contribute to their perception of trauma and their reactions to it. Developmental age, prior medical experiences, previous non-medical trauma can all contribute to their reactions. As can their cultural background. 

Many people push aside the idea of self-care. It takes too much time or invokes an idea of being too much “woo-woo” to be taken seriously. 

In many ways, age is only a number. However, when practicing trauma informed care, age can be a very important number. And specifically developmental age, rather than biological age. 

Providing trauma informed care can often seem like one of those "nice to do" practices, so it's fair to ask if it actually improves physical health outcomes for patients. Rest assured, it does improve health outcomes for patients, but not always in a way many would consider linear.

Much of the discussion about trauma informed care and how to implement it with pediatric patients revolves around care in the hospital or primary care office. While it's true that physicians and nurses in hospitals and primary care see many patients each day and...

As with most skills, practice makes perfect. Becoming a physician or nurse skilled in trauma informed care takes practice. Addressing distress, grief, emotional support, family stressors, and needs beyond medical care doesn't often lead to a comfortable conversation with a patient and family. Especially the first few times you try. 

Practicing trauma informed care requires doctors and nurses to not only remain aware of the traumatic nature of medical care, but also recognize the trauma children and families bring with them to hospital or doctor’s visits. Prior trauma can put children at higher risk for distress...

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it impacts the whole family. How can healthcare providers help the family of a child who is newly diagnosed with cancer?

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it impacts the whole family.  How can healthcare providers help the family of a child who is newly diagnosed with cancer? One option is the Surviving Cancer Competently Intervention Program –Newly Diagnosed (SCCIP-ND). 

Culturally sensitive trauma informed care refers to the capacity for health care professionals to effectually provide trauma informed assessment and treatment that acknowledges, respects, and integrates patients' and families' cultural values, beliefs, and practices.