Trauma-Informed Healthcare Approaches

A Guide for Primary Care

  • Megan R. Gerber

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction and Scope

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Megan R. Gerber, Emily B. Gerber
      Pages 3-23
    3. Leigh Kimberg, Margaret Wheeler
      Pages 25-56
  3. Special Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Joseph Vinson, Ariel Majidi, Maura George
      Pages 59-68
    3. Tyler R. McKinnish, Claire Burgess, Colleen A. Sloan
      Pages 85-105
    4. Megan R. Gerber
      Pages 107-122
  4. Clinical Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Megan R. Gerber
      Pages 125-143
    3. Megan R. Gerber
      Pages 145-155
    4. Emily B. Gerber, Briana Loomis, Cherie Falvey, Petra H. Steinbuchel, Jennifer Leland, Kenneth Epstein
      Pages 157-179
    5. Jay Ellen Barrett
      Pages 181-193
  5. Helping Providers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Jessica Barnhill, Joslyn W. Fisher, Karen Kimel-Scott, Amy Weil
      Pages 197-213
  6. Tyler R. McKinnish, Claire Burgess, Colleen A. Sloan
    Pages C1-C1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 215-224

About this book


Interpersonal trauma is ubiquitous and its impact on health has long been understood. Recently, however, the critical importance of this issue has been magnified in the public eye. A burgeoning literature has demonstrated the impact of traumatic experiences on mental and physical health, and many potential interventions have been proposed. This volume serves as a detailed, practical guide to trauma-informed care. Chapters provide guidance to both healthcare providers and organizations on strategies for adopting, implementing and sustaining principles of trauma-informed care. The first section maps out the scope of the problem and defines specific types of interpersonal trauma. The authors then turn to discussion of adaptations to care for special populations, including sexual and gender minority persons, immigrants, male survivors and Veterans as these groups often require more nuanced approaches. Caring for trauma-exposed patients can place a strain on clinicians, and approaches for fostering resilience and promoting wellness among staff are presented next.

Finally, the book covers concrete trauma-informed clinical strategies in adult and pediatric primary care, and women’s health/maternity care settings. Using a case-based approach, the expert authors provide real-world front line examples of the impact trauma-informed clinical approaches have on patients’ quality of life, sense of comfort, and trust. Case examples are discussed along with evidence based approaches that demonstrate improved health outcomes.

Written by experts in the field, Trauma-Informed Healthcare Approaches is the definitive resource for improving quality care for patients who have experienced trauma. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Megan R. Gerber
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of General Internal MedicineBoston University School of Medicine, Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare SystemBostonUSA

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