Using a Trauma-Informed Framework to Care for Incarcerated Women

Authors

  • Holly Harner,

    1. PhD, MPH, CRNP, WHNP-BC, is an assistant professor and director of the Master of Public Health Program in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
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  • Ann W. Burgess

    1. PhD, MPH, CRNP, WHNP-BC, is an assistant professor and director of the Master of Public Health Program in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
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Correspondence
Holly Harner, PhD, MPH, CRNP, WHNP-BC, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, La Salle University, St. Benilde Tower—Office 1125, 1900 W. Olney Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19141.
harner@lasalle.edu The authors and planners for this activity report no conflict of interest or relevant financial relationships. The article includes no discussion of off-label drug or devise use. No commercial support was received for this educational activity.

ABSTRACT

Available health and social services in women's correctional facilities often do not consider the interrelationship of gender, trauma, and mental illness. As a result, preexisting health issues are often exacerbated, leaving women to reenter their communities with more complex health needs. We propose that a trauma-informed framework can be used to guide clinical interactions with female inmates. A case study is presented as an example of proposed best clinical practice. Future trauma-related practice implications are provided.

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