In this BMJ article, Brenda Denzler describes how earlier traumatic experiences of medical treatment continue to have an impact on her to this day and how medical professionals can make patients feel empowered and in control.
What you need to know
- Medical treatment can create lasting trauma in patients that may affect their future ability to seek out and receive healthcare.
- People with treatment related trauma need informed, sensitive, and supportive care in all healthcare settings.
- Help patients with treatment trauma feel involved and empowered during decision making.
Education into practice
- How could you establish whether your patient has experienced any treatment trauma?
- What support could you offer a patient who has experienced treatment trauma?
- How and when could you explore your patient’s concerns about treatments and any potential side effects?
The treatment terrifies me more than the diagnosis (17 March 2021) https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n543
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