The MUSC Telehealth Resilience and Recovery Program (TRRP) was established to address the unmet mental health needs of adults and children after traumatic injury. More than 20 percent of traumatic injury patients develop mental health problems such as post traumatic stress disorder or depression after acute care hospital admissions. Few hospitals offer adequate mental health screening and follow up after discharge. TRRP brings education and best-practice treatment directly to patients and families by engaging them at the time of their hospitalization and delivering follow-up screening and telehealth treatment to those who need it.
How does it work?
We provide several levels of care for traumatic injury patients served through our level-1 trauma center at MUSC, as follows:
1. Meet patients in hospital to provide education about mental health recovery after traumatic injury and resources that are available after discharge
2. Offer enrollment into our text-messaging service, which allows patients to self-monitor their emotional recovery daily for one month following discharge
3. Screen patients over the phone one month after discharge to identify unaddressed mental health needs
4. Patients that screen positive are offered comprehensive assessment and best-practice treatment in-person or via telehealth technology
Many of the traumatic injury patients we serve live more than 25 miles away from MUSC, and many others are not yet sufficiently mobile due to their physical injuries to attend face-to-face treatment sessions. Patients with mental health needs that are not addressed by our service are provided referrals to local providers, as needed.
What are the benefits of the program?
Most patients in the US never receive mental health screening or follow-up care after traumatic injury. This program therefore improves access to care by bringing education and best-practice mental health treatment directly to patients at several stages of recovery after traumatic injury. Our goal is to accelerate mental health recovery by identifying and treating symptoms of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder early in the recovery process after injury.
TRRP represents a multidisciplinary partnership between MUSC’s Department of Surgery (General Surgery, Trauma, and Surgical Critical Care), Department of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine), College of Nursing (Technology Applications Center for Healthful Lifestyles), Center for Telehealth, and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center). Members of the TRRP team include:
Ken Ruggiero, PhD
Tatiana Davidson, PhD
Leigh Ridings, PhD
Margaret Anton, PhD
Jennifer Winkelmann, MS, LPC
Olivia Eilers, BA
Meagan Camp, BA
Lauren Barnes, BA
Brywn McMahan, BSN
Sachin Patel, MSc
Andrew Matthews, BS
Bruce Crookes, MD - Department of Surgery
Keith Borg, MD, PhD - Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Carrie Busch, MD - Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Shawn Crowley, MSN, RN-BC, TCRN, CEN, CCEMT-P - Adult Trauma Program Manager
Madeline Gehrig, MSN, RN, CPEN - Pediatric Trauma Program Manager
MUSC Center for Telehealth
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