Implement Trauma-Informed Care To Improve Patient Outcomes


Trauma-informed care is critical to integrated settings, as a history of trauma can affect both physical and mental health outcomes. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) describes a trauma-informed approach (PDF—789 KB) as one that:

  • Realizes the impact of trauma and works to promote recovery;
  • Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others;
  • Responds by integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and
  • Resists retraumatization of those who have experienced trauma.

Resources to help practices implement trauma-informed care are becoming increasingly available. For example, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) has created the Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Resource Center, which offers practical resources to help providers incorporate trauma-informed care in their organizations.

CHCS also recently released a Q & A session that discusses how understanding trauma can strengthen healthcare organizations, as well as a webinar that highlights how some providers have incorporated trauma-informed approaches into day-to-day practice for treating substance use disorders.

Other resources include: