Trauma-informed care: A qualitative study exploring the views and experiences of professionals in specialist health services for adults with intellectual disabilities

Maria Truesdale, Michael Brown, Laurence Taggart, Aoife Bradley, Douglas Paterson, Chammy Sirisena,, Robert Walley, Thanos Karatzias

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Trauma and its sequelae is recognised as a major morbidity factor in people with intellectual disabilities, however, a lack of inquiry into how health care professionals address trauma in this adult population exists.

To explore specialist intellectual disability practitioners perspectives on current health provision and developments to address trauma.

Twenty‐five qualitative interviews were conducted with practitioners across 6 health service areas in the UK. Data were analysed using thematic content analysis.

Seven central themes emerged: (a) unmasked trauma; (b) trauma informed care; (c) person‐centred care and support; (d) multi‐disciplinary working; (e) reasonable adjustments; (f) barriers to treatment and (g) awareness, training and education.

Trauma‐informed care and multi‐disciplinary working are essential components for future service development. Advances in the evidence‐base for effective psychological interventions for PTSD and training and education of health care staff are needed in order to improve service provision amongst this population.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Early online date06 Jun 2019
Publication statusEarly online date - 06 Jun 2019



  • health care professionals, intellectual disabilities, qualitative, trauma

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