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Adapting to life after burn injury: reflections on care
Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Section of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Section of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Neurobiology Carescience and Society, Division of Nursing, NVS, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Burn Care & Research, ISSN 1559-047X, E-ISSN 1559-0488, Vol. 33, no 5, 595-605 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A burn injury is an unforeseen event that means physical and psychological trauma for the person afflicted. The trauma experienced by different individuals varies greatly, as do perceived problems during care, rehabilitation, and throughout the remainder of life. The purpose of this study was to explore burn patients' experiences of adapting to life after burn injury to acquire a deeper understanding of the most important issues for patients when providing care during and after a burn injury. A qualitative approach was applied, and interviews were conducted with 12 adult burn patients (8 men and 4 women) 6 to 12 months postburn. The interviews were analyzed using Kvales' method for structuring analysis and comprised a close reading and interpretation of the texts. Analysis focused on the personal experiences of burn patients living after burn injury and treatment. Struggling with the consequences of burn injury and how patients perceived life today after treatment are important issues for adapting to life after burn injury. New experiences of a fragile body, coping with daily life, and reflections of burn care were also prominent themes. Patients with burn injuries need adequate repeated information about the plan for their care, about the physiological changes, and more support to handle the trauma event. The patients would also like to be more involved in their care. A program of support and preparatory work to help the patient to cope with the new bodily sensations and new body image is necessary and should begin during hospital care. A multidisciplinary team approach for pain treatment needs to be prioritized. In addition, multidisciplinary follow-up after burns need to include patients with minor burns. (J Burn Care Res 2012;33:595-605)

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2012. Vol. 33, no 5, 595-605 p.
Keyword [en]
Activities of Daily Living; Adaptation, Physiological; Adaptation, Psychological; Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Burns; Fatigue; Female; Humans; Interview, Psychological; Length of Stay; Male; Middle Aged; Patient Care; Psychometrics; Qualitative Research; Social Support; Stress, Psychological; Time Factors; Young Adult
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Nursing
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Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-36311DOI: 10.1097/BCR.0b013e31823d0a11ISI: 000308708700010PubMedID: 22210069Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84866385639OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-36311DiVA: diva2:746489
Available from: 2014-09-12 Created: 2014-09-02 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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