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Providing Patient Centered Care and Trauma Informed Care for Children

A resource from the Health Care Toolbox

Trauma can be both a medical and psychological event in the eyes of children and families experiencing serious illnesses, injuries, or painful procedures. By integrating an understanding of traumatic stress into their routine interactions with children and families, health care providers can:

  • reduce the impact of difficult or frightening medical events, and
  • help children and families cope with emotional reactions to illness and injury.

This resource gives tips and protocol for implementing trauma informed care for children while providing patient centered care.