Online Program

Trauma-Informed Medicine E-Cases : Online Clinical Training Cases for Healthcare Providers

Monday, November 2, 2015

Michelle D. Hoersch, MS, Office on Women's Health - Region V, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Chicago, IL
Sheela Raja, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago
Shairi Turner-Davis, M.D., MPH, Division of Disability Determinations, Florida Department of Health, Tallahassee, FL
Norm Berman, MD, MedU, Hanover, NH

Data presented in research findings, including the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study, illustrate the enormous impact that trauma has on health outcomes. Exposure to traumatic events predisposes affected individuals to poor health outcomes, in part, through the use of high-risk behaviors as means to cope with trauma. Patients often do not disclose this information to their healthcare providers, and even when they do, physicians are not always aware of the impact this history may have on the patient’s health. In addition, women with a history of traumatic experiences are less likely to be insured or obtain preventative care

Methods: This presentation will present an on-line set of interactive clinical cases for health care providers developed by The Office on Women’s Health, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The clinical cases help providers acquire the knowledge and skills required to interact effectively with patients, particularly women and girls with histories of trauma, in a way that promotes the patient-provider relationship, improves patient engagement in care, and prevents re-traumatization. 

 There is a growing consensus that trauma-informed care is a necessary practice to implement in patient settings.  Due to the demand, innovation and accessibility, we expect these online trainings to become a model program that can be replicated and expanded. We have done an exhaustive search to ensure that nothing like these online, trauma-informed trainings exists, and have found that such a resource is sought after by many experts and institutions. 

Outcomes: The healthcare providers will gain a better understanding of how to work with women and girls who have trauma histories. This will serve to improve patient care and the establishment of a patient centered care enviroment.  It will be a forward facing step toward Universal Precautions for trauma.

This is "latebreaking' because at the time of the submission, the online clinical cases were just nearing completion.  They will be completed, fully operational and accessible at the time of the conference

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the relationship among traumatic exposure and physical, mental and behavioral health status and outcome. Explain the principles of trauma-informed care and how to adapt these practices into healthcare providers’ patient interactions. Demonstrate the online training modules and how to access them for further training with respect to various clinical settings and populations.

Keyword(s): Medical Care, Training

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the lead of the Region V Office on Women's Health for the past 19 years, during which time I have focused extensively on trauma-informed care and the impact of trauma on women and girls. I am one of the 3 principle founders of this project which aims to educate healthcare providers on the impact of trauma and how to provide trauma informed care in their clinical settings.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.