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J Burn Care Rehabil. 2002 May-Jun;23(3):229-34.

Predictors of quality of life as measured by the Burn Specific Health Scale in persons with major burn injury.

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  • 1University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75390-9055, USA.


To determine 1) change over time in Quality of Life (QOL) and 2) functional, community reentry, and psychosocial predictors of QOL, data were prospectively collected from adults with major burn injury 2 months after hospital discharge (n = 110) and 6 (n = 97) and 12 (n = 69) months after injury. The dependent QOL variable was the Burn Specific Health Scale (BSHS) and the predictor variables were Brief Symptom Inventory, Functional Assessment Screening Questionnaire, Functional Independence Measure, Pain Analog Scale, and Community Integration Questionnaire. BSHS global scores were unchanged across the measurement periods. Stepwise multiple-regression analyses resulted in statistically significant multiple Rs of.79 at 2 months,.81 at 6 months, and.76 at 12 months. Variables predicting more favorable BSHS global score were less emotional distress and pain at 2 months, less emotional distress and pain and better community reentry at 6 months, and less emotional distress and better community reentry at 12 months.

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