Report looks at “trauma-informed” approaches to care
April 13, 2016 § Leave a comment
A white paper from the Center for Health Care Strategies and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines the impact of trauma on patient populations and suggests ways healthcare organizations can increase their understanding of trauma to provide better care. Titled “Key Ingredients for Successful Trauma-Informed Care Implementation,” the report examines approaches to care that can help improve engagement with patients experiencing trauma, leading to better health outcomes.
Focusing on trauma is particularly important for organizations like Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA), according to Dr. Toyin Ajayi, Chief Medical Officer. “At CCA, we care for many individuals who have experienced trauma, including abuse, neglect, discrimination, violence, and other both personal and systemic adverse experiences. Recognizing that exposure to trauma substantially increases the risk of serious health problems throughout life, CCA strives to implement trauma-informed approaches to care throughout our delivery system,” she says.
Dr. Ajayi praises the report because it “highlights many of the complex issues facing our members and identifies opportunities to continue to enhance our systems of care for people who have faced or continue to face trauma, many have which have been incorporated into CCA’s Model of Care.”