Short Tilte:Rates, trends, and severity of depression after burn injuries
Journal:Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):01, 22, 6, 417-424
Study examines the rates and severity of depression in burn patients over a 2-year period. The Beck Depression Inventory was administered at 1 month, 1 year, and 2 years after discharge. Results showed that depression ratings were relatively high throughout the different time points. At 1 month, 54 percent of patients showed symptoms of moderate to severe depression, and at 2 years, 43 percent of the patients responding still reported moderate to severe depression. The findings illustrate the importance of identifying and treating depression early, since it will not likely subside if left untreated.