A qualitative inquiry into psychiatrists’ perspectives on the relationship of psychological trauma to mental illness and treatment : Implications for trauma-informed care
Isobel, Sophie, Gladstone, Brenda, Goodyear, Melinda, Furness, Trentham and Foster, Kim. (2020). A qualitative inquiry into psychiatrists’ perspectives on the relationship of psychological trauma to mental illness and treatment : Implications for trauma-informed care. Journal of Mental Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2020.1714012
|Authors||Isobel, Sophie, Gladstone, Brenda, Goodyear, Melinda, Furness, Trentham and Foster, Kim|
Background: Trauma is a factor impacting the lives of many people experiencing psychiatric disorders. Trauma affects people’s responses to illness as well as their interactions with services.
Aim: This study aimed to explore the understandings and experiences of psychiatrists of working with trauma and emerging models of Trauma-Informed Care.
Methods: An interpretive qualitative inquiry was undertaken using semi-structured in-depth interviews with psychiatrists.
Results: Four themes were identified: Making sense of trauma; A contentious relationship between trauma and mental illness; Treatment made more challenging by trauma; Trauma-Informed Care highlights tensions. Psychiatrists are familiar with the concept of trauma but there are differences in beliefs about its relationship to mental illness that are consequential for practice. Trauma-Informed Care is seen as an effort to humanise mental health services, but with perceived limited impact on psychiatrists’ roles.
Conclusion: Findings indicate need for further consultation and collaboration with psychiatrists around trauma-informed care implementation; as well as consideration of what is required to develop professional consensus on trauma and its relationship to illness.
|Keywords||mental illness; psychiatry; qualitative; trauma; traumainformed care|
|Journal||Journal of Mental Health|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis Ltd|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2020.1714012|
|Research or scholarly||Research|
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|Online||30 Jan 2020|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||28 Dec 2019|
|Deposited||01 Jul 2021|
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