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Barriers to trauma-informed care include unsafe environments and mental health nurses’ lack of emotional intelligence
  1. Jessica Maclaren
  1. Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jessica Maclaren, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK; jessica.maclaren{at}

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Commentary on: Wilson, A., Hurley, J., Hutchinson, M., & Lakeman, R. (2023). In their own words: Mental health nurses’ experiences of trauma-informed care in acute mental health settings or hospitals. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing.

Implications for practice and research

  • Trauma-informed care (TIC) in acute mental healthcare settings is inhibited by mental health nurses’ experiences of being unsafe, their lack of emotion management skills and their involvement in coercive practices.

  • Further research is needed to better understand the relationship between mental health nurses’ emotional intelligence and their ability to implement TIC.


TIC is an approach that has emerged from recognition of the prevalence of psychological trauma.1 There is also increasing awareness of the avoidable harms that coercive practices such as detention and restraint cause to people using …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.