Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Volume 17, January 2021,
Interpersonal trauma has long-lasting effects on mental and physical health and is associated with acute and chronic negative health outcomes. Primary care providers can improve health care outcomes by using trauma-informed care to recognize, acknowledge, and respond appropriately to trauma survivors. Routine trauma screening in the primary care setting should be done in a safe environment and with a team approach. This article will offer guidance on screening for and responding to sexual assault and intimate partner violence using trauma-informed principles with the goal of promoting health and healing for survivors.