Health After Trauma Newsletter

An eZine for survivors of trauma and those who support them

Second Quarter 2009 Long Term Health Consequences of Trauma

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Long Term Health Consequences of Domestic Violence


Survivors of domestic violence experience increased health needs long after they are secure and safe. ( See the 2005  article on the Health After Trauma Website.)

On June 4th, the National Family Justice Center Alliance hosted a webinar dedicated to the long-term health consequences of domestic violence. Even though you may have missed the "live event," you can still access it online.

Click here to see the recording of the webinar...


What Is the Cost of Violence and Abuse in "Medical Bucks?"


Did you know that health care utilization can lead to as much as a 250 percent increase in healthcare utilization by survivors of violence and abuse?

The Academy on Violence & Abuse (AVA) has recently announced the release of their publication, Hidden Costs in Health Care: The Economic Impact of Violence and Abuse.

From the introduction to the report:

"Up to now, the health care system has failed to adequately recognize the consequences of abuse, to respond and treat patients in a manner that is compassionate and healing, and to incorporate appropriate prevention strategies.

This paper reviews a sampling of the literature that supports the contention that violence and abuse lead to a significant increase in health care utilization and costs."

Click here to download the full article...


We Learn from Our Patients


First Strike program
What is one of the best kept secrets of post medical school education? The fact that some of our best lessons come from what our patients teach us. Sir William Osler, one of the most famous medical educators of the last century, captured this secret in one of his best known quotations: "He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all."

Here is an incredible and powerful patient lesson captured by Dr. Joe DeLucia. Please do take a few minutes to read it. It will be quite worth your time.

Click here to read the story of what one patient taught an emergency physician.


Need A Speaker?

Are You Looking for a Speaker

Finding a speaker for your upcoming events can be a daunting task. Solutions to finding the just-right speaker range from word of mouth to using professional bureaus. If you are looking for a speaker or have a last-minute cancellation in your upcoming event, contact DrT for help.


Wait: Don't Leave Yet


Do you need a break and a little recharge? If so, invest 20 minutes of your time to see this inspirational video on creativity. Don't be surprised if you don't exercise your entire range of emotions while watching.

Click here and then click on the video to view it.

From Dr T

The focus this quarter for the Health After Trauma eZine is the long-term health consequences of trauma. Many trauma survivors experience one or more chronic diseases or problems long after the bruises have faded and the broken bones have mended.

Thanks to the Family Justice Center Alliance for the opportunity to address this issue in one of their recent webinars. The response to this presentation has been quite rewarding.

Meanwhile, we are once again offering a series of local seminars to teach attendees how to use an ongoing writing practice to improve their own health and productivity.

Click here to learn more about the workshops...

From Our Bookstore


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Buy The Physician's Guide to Intimate Partner Violence

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Buy Respond to Intimate Partner Violence - 10 Action Steps You Can Take to Help Your Patients and Your Practice now

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