Date of Award
Final DNP Paper
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Family Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Allison Crabtree
Dr. Jean Stanko and Dr. Tara Howell
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are present in approximately 60% of the adult population in the United States. There is a correlation between adverse childhood experiences and chronic health conditions as adults. Despite the evidence showing this correlation, there is a lack of screening for ACEs in the primary care setting. Many primary care providers and staff are unaware of ACEs or the correlation with chronic health conditions and substance abuse and, therefore, do not understand how to or recognize the benefits of screening in primary care. With education for providers and staff, primary care is the ideal setting to perform screenings for ACEs. Identifying a patient with a high ACEs score can improve patient outcomes for chronic health conditions or substance abuse. After identifying a patient with a high ACEs score, appropriate interventions can be implemented and appropriate referrals can be made to mental health for counseling and treatment.
Wright, Kayla, "Increasing Staff Awareness and Screening Practices for Adverse Childhood Experiences at a Primary Care Clinic" (2021). Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects. 42.
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