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Burn Psychosocial

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Barriers to return to work after burn injuries.
Esselman PC, Askay SW, Carrougher GJ, Lezotte DC, Holavanahalli RK, Magyar-Russell G, Fauerbach JA, Engrav LH.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2007 Dec;88(12 Suppl 2):S50-6.

Rationale for inclusion: As survival after burn injury improved, the focus of burn teams moved to quality of life and patient reported outcomes. This is a multicenter cohort study with excellent long term follow up that identified barriers to return to work up to 1 year post injury.

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Inpatient depression in persons with burns.
Ptacek JT, Patterson DR, Heimbach DM.
J Burn Care Rehabil. 2002 Jan-Feb;23(1):1-9.

Rationale for inclusion: Large single center study using a validated depression tool (Beck Depression Index) at several points in their hospital stay and post discharge to describe depression in patients admitted with burn injuries. Investigators found that post discharge depression was correlated with inpatient depression and early interventions were a potential source preventing long-term negative outcomes.

CAVEAT: Single center, recall bias regarding preadmission symptoms

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Burn camps and community aspects of burn care.
Doctor ME.
J Burn Care Rehabil. 1992 Jan-Feb;13(1):68-76.

Rationale for inclusion: Burn camps are amazing experiences for campers and counselors alike. This is the first paper to describe burn camp and outline guidelines for institutions who were setting up burn camps. 

CAVEAT: Paper from 1992

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