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Surg Clin North Am. 2014 Aug;94(4):863-78. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2014.05.007.

Physical and psychiatric recovery from burns.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
2
Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
3
Trauma, Burn and Orthopedic Program, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 125 Nashua Street, Boston, MA 02114, USA. Electronic address: jcschneider@partners.org.

Abstract

Burn injuries pose complex biopsychosocial challenges to recovery and improved comprehensive care. The physical and emotional sequelae of burns differ, depending on burn severity, individual resilience, and stage of development when they occur. Most burn survivors are resilient and recover, whereas some are more vulnerable and have complicated outcomes. Physical rehabilitation is affected by orthopedic, neurologic, and metabolic complications and disabilities. Psychiatric recovery is affected by pain, mental disorders, substance abuse, and burn stigmatization. Individual resilience, social supports, and educational or occupational achievements affect outcomes.

KEYWORDS:

Body image; Burn reconstruction; Depression; Hypertrophic scar; Posttraumatic stress disorder; Recovery; Rehabilitation; Resilience

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PMID:
25085093
DOI:
10.1016/j.suc.2014.05.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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