Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress Toolkit for Health Care Providers

Up to 80% of pediatric patients and their families report experiencing some traumatic stress following illness, injury, hospitalization, or painful medical procedures. Left untreated, traumatic stress reactions can negatively impact medical adherence, treatment, and recovery.  The Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress Toolkit offers of compendium of tools to guide medical professionals in effectively assessing and treating medical traumatic stress in children and families.  Armed with these tools, providers can address the emotional, as well as the physical side of trauma.  The PMTS Toolkit is anchored by the D-E-F Protocol for trauma-informed care, which helps providers respond to Distress, offer Emotional support, and ensure Family-centered care for traumatized children and families. In addition to D-E-F protocol, the toolkit includes guidebooks on implementing trauma-informed care, with case studies and examples, as well as complimentary patient handouts for children and parents with evidence-based tips and activities - in English and Spanish.

The stories of two children - Tommy, a school-aged boy struck by a car, and Maria, an adolescent girl newly diagnosed with cancer - are presented as part of the toolkit. These composite cases are used to help bring these issues to life and to illustrate ways in which the toolkit materials could be useful to providers at different points in the continuum of care.

Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress Toolkit for Health Care Providers (2004)

For Health Care Professionals                                                                    

Comprehensive Guides for Health Care Providers (PDF)                                                           

For Parents                                                                                                                                

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