Medical errors and adverse medical events are an unfortunate reality in today’s healthcare settings. They can take an emotional toll on patients and their families. If you or a loved one has been involved in a medically induced trauma, you may experience immediate or delayed emotional effects such as:
- Depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure
- Sleeping or eating difficulties
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Feelings of failure and loneliness
- Loss of trust
- Perceived indifference from caregivers
- Anger, guilt, frustration
- Inability to think or concentrate
- Frequent images or thoughts of the event triggered by non-specific events
- Desire to connect with others who have experienced similar trauma
Medically Induced Trauma is an unexpected outcome that occurs during medical and/or surgical care that negatively impacts the emotional well being of the patient and/or family member.
Medically Induced Trauma is different from other types of trauma since patients and their families may feel:
Isolated, because hospitals often are not set up to provide emotional support beyond the hospital stay
That the trust between caregiver and patient that is so crucial to recovery has been breached
Vulnerable, since, in most cases, the patient will need continued care within the same system that harmed them.
If you or a family member has been impacted by a medically induced trauma, we invite you to explore how MITSS can be of service to you. We are here to assist you in any way we can. For confidential telephone support, call us at
Visit the MITSS tools website by clicking here for some valuable tools specifically designed for patients and their families.
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*MITSS support services for patients and their families are not covered by any insurance plans. However, intake appointments are free of charge, and patients who participate in a group are asked to make a small donation ($10) to the MITSS organization. That donation charge will be waived for anyone who is unable to pay.