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Comment & Response
October 22/29, 2014

Addressing the Trauma of Hospitalization

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle
JAMA. 2014;312(16):1696-1697. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10149

To the Editor Drs Detsky and Krumholz1 highlighted an important problem facing hospitalized patients and their family members and suggested interventions to reduce the potential for traumatization by the experience of being hospitalized for a medical illness or surgical procedure. However, hospitalization is not inherently traumatizing for all patients, and interventions targeting posthospitalization syndrome should also consider premorbid patient characteristics.

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