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J Burn Care Res. 2018 Oct 23;39(6):915-922. doi: 10.1093/jbcr/iry007.

The Associations of Gender With Social Participation of Burn Survivors: A Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation Profile Study.

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1
Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
2
Department of Plastic Surgery, Ohio State University, Columbus.
3
Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
4
Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston.
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Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management, Boston University School of Public Health, Massachusetts.
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Mount Sinai Healthcare System, New York, New York.
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Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
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School of Insurance and Economics, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China.
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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
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Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston.

Abstract

Burn injury can be debilitating and affect survivors' quality of life in a profound fashion. Burn injury may also lead to serious psychosocial challenges that have not been adequately studied and addressed. Specifically, there has been limited research into the associations of burn injury on community reintegration based on gender. This work analyzed data from 601 burn survivors who completed field testing of a new measure of social participation for burn survivors, the Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation (LIBRE) Profile. Differences in item responses between men and women were examined. Scores on the six LIBRE Profile scales were then compared between men and women using analysis of variance and adjusted linear multivariate regression modeling. Overall, men scored significantly better than women on four of the six LIBRE Profile scales: Sexual Relationships, Social Interactions, Work & Employment, and Romantic Relationships. Differences were not substantially reduced after adjustment for demographic characteristics and burn size. Men scored better than women in most of the areas measured by the LIBRE Profile. These gender differences are potentially important for managing burn patients during the post-injury recovery period.

PMID:
29733365
PMCID:
PMC6198731
[Available on 2019-10-23]
DOI:
10.1093/jbcr/iry007

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