Health Outcomes for Burn Survivors: A 2-Year Follow-Up


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Abstract

ObjectiveTo determine the evolution of health-related function in survivors of burn injuries.DesignProspective cohort.MeasureSickness Impact Profile (SIP).ParticipantsAdults who completed the SIP 1 month (n = 237), 1 year (n = 183), and 2 years (n = 117) after burn injury.ResultsParticipants reported relatively low sickness impact compared with other medical populations within 1 year of injury. Overall health improved between 1 month and 1 year postinjury, after which it stabilized. Survivors reported worse psychosocial than physical function, regardless of age, gender, burn size, or days hospitalized.ConclusionsMost burn survivors can expect good physical recovery, even after large burn injuries.

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