In the Spotlight: Trauma and Violence Informed Care (TVIC) Working Group
People who have experienced trauma need to feel physically and emotionally safe whenever they receive health care. The injury or illness that led to their persistent pain, the experience of living with chronic pain, and even the challenges of accessing treatment can be traumatizing for some people in pain. Additionally, some people may have experienced previous trauma, be it living in unsafe relationships or experiencing the effects of poverty, racism or other stressors. Trauma and violence informed care (TVIC) refers to education and tools that assist health professionals in understanding how trauma can affect health and behavior. Health care providers learn how to help clients feel safe and build trust in care settings. TVIC aims to improve the patient’s experience in receiving care, which will lead to better health outcomes.
There are 15 members on the Beyond the Summit TVIC Working Group, including representatives from pain management programs, regional health authorities, the post-secondary sector and individuals living with pain. This group is currently working on two key initiatives:
Trauma & Violence Informed Chronic Pain Care: A Tool for Health Care Providers
: The goal of this project is to create a TVIC education sheet for health care providers working with clients who have chronic pain. This will be based on the EQUIP Health Care toolkit
. The TVIC chronic pain care tool for health care providers will be completed by early fall. It will be available through Pain BC’s website, Pain BC’s Pain Foundations course for health care providers, EQUIP Health Care and other health agencies. The education sheet will also be distributed to all Beyond the Summit Working Group members and through targeted communication with health care providers.
Low-barrier Self-management Pilot Project: The goal of this project is to test an 8-week in-person program for people living with chronic pain in marginalize conditions. “Low-barrier” implies that the program should be easy to access, i.e. easy to qualify to enroll, no or low cost, easily accessible, and be held in a welcoming, safe and non-judgmental space. “Self-management” refers to the knowledge, skills and confidence people in pain need to successfully manage their health. The TVIC lens is being applied to an existing self-management program for people living with chronic pain and expect to launch the pilot program this fall. The ultimate goal is to refine the program’s content to ensure it is not only accessible, but also culturally safe. The long term goal is to train facilitators across the province with the TVIC lens in mind, in order for the low-barrier self-management program to be offered in in the many communities across the province who would benefit from it.
With these two initiatives underway, the TVIC working group aims to help improve upon the patient experience and consequent health outcomes for those who live with trauma. Stay tuned!