Exposure to trauma — including abuse, neglect, discrimination, and violence — increases an individual’s risk for serious health issues. Adopting trauma-informed approaches to care may improve patient engagement, enhance outcomes, and reduce avoidable care and excess costs for both the health care sector and social service systems.
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Understanding How Trauma Affects Health and Health Care
A clinic serving mostly Medicaid and uninsured families is struggling to help patients keep their appointments. Its patients, who come from the surrounding community, are often either unemployed or working minimum wage jobs. Most of the adults have at least one chronic illness, often heart disease or diabetes. Many have been touched by community violence,… Read more »
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