Traumatic experiences are not enjoyable and cause the patient to experience suffering. As such, minimizing trauma should be a goal for healthcare professionals seeking to provide the best care for their patients.
Recognizing that trauma often occurs allows healthcare professionals to better empathize with their patients. Trauma considerations can, and often should, influence a healthcare professional’s treatment plan depending on the characteristics of the patient.
A trauma-informed treatment plan has the potential to get better treatment results while simultaneously improving the patient’s well-being at every step of the process. Asking questions to determine what traumatic responses a patient may have, and explaining why these types of questions are being asked, is an essential part of trauma-informed care. During a medical treatment or procedure, healthcare professionals can further improve a patient’s well-being by taking the time to adapt their processes based on what makes the patient feel most comfortable.