Journal:Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):02, 23, 3, 229-234
Study analyzed data prospectively obtained from adults with major burn injury 2 months after hospital discharge and 12 months after injury to determine (1) how their quality of life (QOL) changed over time, and (2) what specific functional, emotional, and social variables are able to predict QOL. The Burn Specific Health Scale (BSHS) was used to assess QOL. The independent predictor variables were assessed using the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI), the Functional Assessment Screening Questionnaire (FASQ), the Functional Independence Measure (FIM), the Pain Analog Scale (PAS), and the Community Integration Questionnaire (CIQ). BSHS global scores did not change across the measurement periods. Variables that predicted more favorable BSHS global scores were: (1) less emotional distress and pain at 2 months, (2) less emotional distress and pain and better community reentry at 6 months, and (3) less emotional distress and better community reentry at 12 months.