Trauma is more pervasive than many realize—more than half of the population has had some experience of trauma. It can come in many forms: physical violence, domestic abuse, street violence and even the witnessing of such violence. Some people try to mitigate the effects and others struggle to do so.
Caregivers and providers must be sensitive to the experiences patients carry with them. They may be wounded, but the wounds are sometimes invisible to the naked eye.
With this in mind, employees from across the Partners system came together this fall to increase awareness of trauma and trauma-informed care to better meet survivors’ needs.
Approaching all patients with trauma-informed awareness encourages caregivers and providers to be sensitive and empathetic to a survivor and his or her needs, whether it’s during a clinical interaction or in the reception area.
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