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Quality of life and mediating role of patient scar assessment in burn patients

Authors
Oh, H; Boo, S
Citation
Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries, 43(6):1212-1217, 2017
Journal Title
Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
ISSN
0305-41791879-1409
Abstract
INTRODUCTION: In this study, we examined the plausibility of the mediating effect of the levels of patient scar assessment on the relationship between burn severity measured with total body surface area and burn-specific health-related quality of life (HRQL) among patients with burns in South Korea.
METHODS: In this cross sectional descriptive study, we collected data from 100 burn patients in three burn centers specializing in burn care in South Korea. Patient scar assessment, burn specific HRQL, and burn-related characteristics were self-reported with anonymous, paper-based surveys.
RESULTS: The findings showed a positive correlation between burn severity, patient scar assessment, and HRQL in burn patients. The evidence of this paper is that quality of life after burns more determined by scar characteristics than burn severity.
CONCLUSION: In the light of the poor HRQL in burn patients, the results of this study support that improving scar status could improve patients' HRQL. Health care providers should keep in mind that patients' perspectives of their scars would be a great indicator of their HRQL, so the providers' focus should be on intensive scar management intervention in their care.
MeSH terms
AdultBody Surface AreaBurns/complicationsBurns/physiopathologyBurns/psychology*Cicatrix/etiologyCicatrix/physiopathologyCicatrix/psychology*Cross-Sectional StudiesFemaleHealth Status*HumansIncome/statistics & numerical dataLength of Stay/statistics & numerical dataLinear ModelsMaleMiddle AgedQuality of Life/psychology*Republic of KoreaTrauma Severity Indices
DOI
10.1016/j.burns.2017.03.009
PMID
28400147
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