Promoting positivity after burn: Is it possible? Future intervention strategies for research

Ms Lisa Martin1, Dr Michelle Byrnes2, Dr Sarah McGarry3, Professor Suzanne Rea1,4, Professor Fiona Wood1,4

1Burn Injury Research Unit, University Of Western Australia, 2Clinical Psychology Research Unit, Western Australian Neuroscience Research Institute, 3School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Curtin University, 4WA Health, Burns Unit, Fiona Stanley Hospital

Some patients have the capacity to identify positive psychological changes after a burn injury.  These changes might be affected by burn severity, burn location, and recovery trajectories [1-4]. In addition, there are specific changes in thinking that affect postburn coping, and there are a number of potential ways these could be influenced. The potential interventions that have the potential to promote growth, improve coping and facilitate better recovery can be either patient-led, clinician-led, or psychology-led and are discussed here as potential future research interventions to improve post burn psychological recovery.

[1] Martin L, Byrnes M, McGarry S, Rea S, Wood F. Evaluation of the posttraumatic growth inventory after severe burn injury in Western Australia: Clinical implications for use. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2016;10:1-8.

[2] Martin L, Byrnes M, McGarry S, Rea S, Wood F. Social challenges of visible scarring after severe burn: A qualitative analysis. Burns. 2017;43:76-83.

[3] Martin L, Byrnes M, McGarry S, Rea S, Wood F. Posttraumatic growth after burn injury in adults: An integrative literature review. Burns. 2017;43:459-70.

[4] Martin L, Byrnes M, McGarry S, Rea S, Wood F. Quality of life and posttraumatic growth after burn injury. under peer review. 2017.

Lisa is a research fellow from the Burn Injury Research Unit at the University of Western Australia.  She has a nursing background and is currently a PhD student undertaking a mixed method study that assesses positive psychological recovery after burn.

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