The reason their is an important need to raise awareness of Trauma informed practice is so they understand how many people are suffering and reacting to undiagnosed trauma.
And to prevent staff responding to the safety behaviours of trauma in ways that re-traumatise those suffering from trauma.
This has the knock in effect of protecting staff from the effect of vicarious trauma. Which is the trauma unsupported staff may experience when dealing with sufferers trauma.
All trauma-informed approaches to healthcare must provide treatment spaces where trauma sufferers feel safe and can develop trust.
This might sound like hard work or will be expensive to implement but it only needs a change in perspective,
▶️ a health care provider explaining why they are asking sensitive questions
▶️ responding with compassion when a person refuses a medical exam or test
▶️or actually implementing ‘co-design’ of treatment by asking what approaches to care were helpful or harmful in the past.
▶️ Treating people as people and not numbers. So instead of asking for numerical info, start by asking what the name and then asking for number ID refernces.
Lots of research in this area focuses on mental health services because of established links between trauma and mental distress. But trauma occurs as often, if not more often, in physical health care environments.