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Trauma-Informed Care: Helping Patients with a Painful Past

Koetting, Cathy

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000315
Feature: CE Connection

ABSTRACT: Life trauma is highly correlated with an increased risk of mortality from chronic disease. Trauma-informed care (TIC) is an evidence-based approach to deliver healthcare in a way that recognizes and responds to the long-term health effects of the experience of trauma in patients' lives. Four essential features and six defining concepts delineate a TIC approach to healthcare. Nurses can realize the benefits and learn the tenets of TIC to deliver superior care to patients with chronic illness.

Life trauma often leads to lifestyle practices that impact the development of chronic disease. Learn about trauma-informed care to deliver superior care to patients that reflects insight into past trauma.

Cathy Koetting, DNP, APRN, is an assistant professor of nursing at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, a member of the University Sexual Assault Advisory Group, and a board certified pediatric and family nurse practitioner serving underserved and vulnerable populations.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 8/08/2015.

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