|Title||Perspectives of hospital emergency department staff on trauma-informed care for injured children: An Australian and New Zealand analysis.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Hoysted C, Babl FE, Kassam-Adams N, Landolt MA, Jobson L, Curtis S, Kharbanda AB, Lyttle MD, Parri N, Stanley R, Alisic E|
|Journal||J Paediatr Child Health|
|Date Published||2017 Sep|
AIM: To examine Australian and New Zealand emergency department (ED) staff's training, knowledge and confidence regarding trauma-informed care for children after trauma, and barriers to implementation.
METHODS: ED staff's perspectives on trauma-informed care were assessed using a web-based self-report questionnaire. Participants included 468 ED staff (375 nursing and 111 medical staff) from hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. Data analyses included descriptive statistics, χtests and multiple regressions.
RESULTS: Over 90% of respondents had not received training in trauma-informed care and almost all respondents (94%) wanted training in this area. While knowledge was associated with a respondent's previous training and profession, confidence was associated with the respondent's previous training, experience level and workplace. Dominant barriers to the implementation of trauma-informed care were lack of time and lack of training.
CONCLUSIONS: There is a need and desire for training and education of Australian and New Zealand ED staff in trauma-informed care. This study demonstrates that experience alone is not sufficient for the development of knowledge of paediatric traumatic stress reactions and trauma-informed care practices. Existing education materials could be adapted for use in the ED and to accommodate the training preferences of Australian and New Zealand ED staff.
|Alternate Journal||J Paediatr Child Health|