Aquifer is excited to announce the release of Aquifer Trauma-Informed Care, including 11 cases, on July 1, 2022. The Aquifer Trauma-Informed Care course will be included with Aquifer Curricular Partner subscriptions, and available for individual subscription to all teachers or learners.
Aquifer recognizes the importance of this critically important topic and is pleased to make this content available. The impact of exposure to traumatic events on health and wellness is well-documented. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, and other notable research findings, have documented the prevalence of traumatic events in the United States and their impact on patient health. As a result of this data, there is a growing consensus that trauma must be addressed as a major public health issue.
Aquifer worked with an interprofessional team of physicians, psychologists, and subject matter experts, to develop these evidence-based cases and to address a clear need in clinical education. The cases have been optimized to meet the needs of undergraduate medical and health professions learners. Cases are interdisciplinary and an ideal fit for use in clerkships, pre-clinical courses, or capstone/transition to practice courses. Each Trauma-Informed Care case takes about 15 minutes to complete.
The 11 virtual patient cases cover scenarios addressing a range of published core competencies and critical learning objectives, including the prevalence and health effects of trauma, the principles of trauma-informed care, the neurobiology of trauma, clinical management of persons who have experienced traumatic events, and interprofessional collaboration methods for working with trauma-affected patients.
Cases illustrate how trauma-informed care can improve patient-provider rapport, increase patient engagement in preventive care, and facilitate integrated, patient-centered treatment plans. The types of patients cared for in the cases span the age spectrum and are seen primarily in the outpatient setting or in the emergency department.
To learn more or find out how to access the cases, please visit the Aquifer Trauma-Informed Care course page.