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New Evaluation Finds that a Trauma-Informed Clinic is the Foundation for Successful Adoption of ACE Screening

A new paper confirms a central tenet of the ACEs Aware initiative – a trauma-informed environment of care is a crucial foundation for Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) screening.  

The paper, entitled Clinic Readiness for Trauma-Informed Health Care Is Associated with Uptake of Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences, was published in The Permanente Journal in January 2024 and was conducted as part of the California ACEs Learning and Quality Improvement Collaborative (CALQIC).  

In the paper, the evaluation found that clinics that experienced larger increases in readiness for trauma-informed health care over the course of the 16-month CALQIC learning collaborative screened significantly more patients for ACEs, supporting the longstanding ethos that trauma inquiry, such as ACE screening, is best accomplished in trauma-informed environments of care. 

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