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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 K, Fein JA, Winston FK, Marsac ML
JournalJ Contin Educ Health Prof
Start Page55
Date Published03/2017

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.

Alternate JournalJ Contin Educ Health Prof
PubMed ID28252468