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Strategies for supporting mental health nurses’ applications of trauma-informed care
  1. Robey B Shah
  1. C. S. Mott Department of Public Health, Michigan State University, Flint, Michigan, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Robey B Shah, Michigan State University, Flint, Michigan, USA; rshah{at}

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Commentary on: Wilson A, Hurley J, Hutchinson M, Lakeman R. Trauma-informed care in acute mental health units through the lifeworld of mental health nurses: A phenomenological study. Int J Ment Health Nurs. 2023 Jun;32(3):829–838. doi: 10.1111/inm.13120. Epub 2023 Jan 27.

Implications for practice and research

  • Clients’ medical data and trauma histories should be supplemented with information on their strengths to promote a holistic and integrated understanding of their lived experiences.

  • Research is needed to better understand the extent to which trauma-informed care (TIC) principles are taught to nursing students so that they understand how to apply TIC in different healthcare settings.


There is growing support for the delivery of trauma-informed care (TIC) in diverse clinical, organisational and community settings.1 TIC can be characterised by a realisation of the widespread impacts of trauma and recovery strategies; recognition of the potential signs of trauma; a …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.