Laying the Groundwork for Trauma-Informed Care

Meryl Schulman
Christopher Menschner
January 2018

This brief offers practical recommendations for health care organizations interested in providing trauma-informed care. Experts recommend that when transitioning to a trauma-informed approach, a health care organization should start with organizational changes before implementing clinical changes. Foundational steps include:

  • Building awareness and generating buy-in for a trauma-informed approach;
  • Supporting a culture of staff wellness;
  • Hiring a workforce that embodies the values of trauma-informed care; and
  • Creating a safe physical, social, and emotional environment. 
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Population Addressed
Adults Under 65 with Disabilities
People with Advanced Illness
Frail Older Adults
People with Multiple Chronic Conditions
People with Behavioral Health and Social Needs
Key Questions Answered
  • What is trauma-informed care?
  • What are the steps health care organizations can take to transition to a trauma-informed approach?
Level of Evidence
Expert Opinion
What does this mean?