Determining the Current State and Future Needs of Primary Care Training in Trauma Informed Care – Phase 1

Primary care patients, particularly those in urban environments, report high rates of lifetime individual trauma exposures, including adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and intimate partner violence (IPV) or sexual assault and coercion. Trauma is associated with a wide range of physical and mental health symptoms, and individuals’ responses to trauma may place them at further risk for negative health outcomes. Primary care providers’ use of trauma-informed care (TIC) approaches, including knowledge of patients’ trauma exposure, can improve provider sensitivity to the patient, avoid re-traumatizing, and inform understanding of symptom development and management.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Melissa E. Dichter, PhD, MSW; Anne Teitelman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP; Peter Cronholm, MD, MSCE, FAAFP