Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Application of a Framework to Implement Trauma-Informed Care Throughout a Pediatric Health Care Network.

TitleApplication of a Framework to Implement Trauma-Informed Care Throughout a Pediatric Health Care Network.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsWeiss D, Kassam-Adams N, Murray C, Kohser KL, Fein JA, Winston FK, Marsac ML
JournalJ Contin Educ Health Prof
Volume37
Issue1
Start Page55
Pagination55-60
Date Published03/2017
ISSN1554-558X
Abstract

INTRODUCTION: To evaluate the initial application of a recently published three-step framework for implementing trauma-informed care (TIC) in a pediatric health care network by applying Framework for Spread.

METHODS: In steps 1 and 2 of the framework, we established commitment from the health care network leadership and initial interest in TIC among clinical providers (step 1), set evidence-based training goals and created the associated TIC training content (step 2). In step 3, 440 health care professionals (from 27 health care teams) participated in single-session, 1-hour training that covered the psychological impact of injury- and illness-related trauma, identification of traumatic stress symptoms, and how to respond to children exposed to potentially traumatic events. A concomitant quality improvement project allowed us to assess potential changes in training participants' favorable attitudes toward the integration of TIC and confidence in delivering TIC.

RESULTS: Compared with pretraining, participants demonstrated increases in attitude toward TIC, t(293) = 5.8, P < .001, Cohen's d = 0.32, and confidence in delivering TIC, t(293) = 20.9, P < .001, Cohen's d = 1.09.

DISCUSSION: Trainings were effective in achieving proximal goals targeting attitudes and confidence, thereby demonstrating the feasibility and clinical relevance of TIC training when implemented according to the three-step framework. Future research should examine methods of training to reach wide audiences to promote systematic change and evaluate changes in patient outcomes associated with providers' implementation of TIC.

DOI10.1097/CEH.0000000000000140
Alternate JournalJ Contin Educ Health Prof
PubMed ID28252468