Journal:Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):05, 26, 1, 21-32
Study examined the degree of impairment and rate of recovery among individuals with differing levels of physical and psychological burden. Physical burden groups were defined by burn size and psychological burden groups were defined by in-hospital distress. Analyses compared groups across level of burden and with published normative data. Assessments reflected health and function status during the month before burn, at discharge, and at 6 and 12 months after burn. Results showed that physical functioning was significantly more impaired and the rate of physical recovery was slower among those with either a large physical burden or large psychological burden. Psychosocial functioning was also more impaired and the rate of psychosocial recovery slower among those with greater psychological burden.