Regulatory changes in November 2019 will require long-term care to become trauma-informed, yet specific guidance has been minimal. Literature from other fields indicates an organization that is trauma-informed (1) realizes the impact all forms of trauma may have on patients, families and staff; (2) recognizes its signs and symptoms; (3) responds with appropriate policies and practices; and (4) actively resists retraumatization (SAMHSA.gov). Few providers are aware of or prepared for what this means for their practice. A review of the research literature and the tenets of trauma-informed care will prepare you to not only be prepared for compliance but also to excel in the provision of care to the tremendous number of patients and families who have a history of personal trauma or who have experienced medical trauma during their previous treatment.
Define trauma-informed care.
Analyze regulatory requirements beginning in 2019 for trauma-informed care in the long-term care setting.
Evaluate key results of The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and current literature about medical trauma.
Apply this information to be more trauma-informed in their professional and organizational practice.