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How the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Highlighting the Importance of Trauma-Informed Care: Q&A with Dr. Edward Machtinger

This commentary features an interview on how health care systems can use trauma-informed care to support patients and frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The interview subject is Edward Machtinger, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Women’s HIV Program and the Center to Advance Trauma-Informed Health Care at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Machtinger shares how his clinic is managing the impact of COVID-19, how trauma-informed care has been essential in guiding the health center’s response to the pandemic for both patients and staff, and what he and his team have learned along the way.