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The role of resilience in the recovery of the burn‑injured patient: an integrative review


Kornhaber, R and Bridgman, H and McLean, L and Vandervord, J, The role of resilience in the recovery of the burn‑injured patient: an integrative review, Chronic Wound Care Management and Research, 3 pp. 41-50. ISSN 2324-481X (2016) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2016 Kornhaber et al. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0)

DOI: doi:10.2147/CWCMR.S94618


Severe burn injuries are catastrophic life events resulting in significant physical and psychological effects. With long periods of hospitalization and rehabilitation, burn survivors encounter many issues, including an altered body image and loss of function and independence that subsequently influence quality of life and the family unit. Consequently, resilience has been identified as a fundamental concept that facilitates the adaptability required to navigate the lengthy and complex recovery process. However, over time, the notion of resilience has shifted from a static, innate trait to a fluid and multidimensional concept. Here, we review the evidence surrounding the role of resilience in the recovery of burn injury. This integrative review was based on a systematic search of five electronic databases. Of the 89 articles identified, ten primary research papers met the inclusion criteria. Three key themes were identified encompassing relational strengths, positive coping, and the resistance to trauma symptoms that are fundamental constructs associated with developing and sustaining resilience that resonate with the broader literature on burn recovery. However, limited evidence is currently available within the burns context. While resilience appears to be a vital component influencing the recovery from burns trauma, it still remains a broad construct within the burns framework. Regular assessment of resilience in burn-injured patients is recommended in clinical practice in addition to longitudinal and intervention studies to best inform patient care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:resilience, burn injury, rehabilitation, optimism, tenacity, review
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Allied health and rehabilitation science
Research Field:Rehabilitation
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Injury prevention and control
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
UTAS Author:Bridgman, H (Dr Heather Bridgman)
ID Code:109159
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2016-05-30
Last Modified:2017-10-20
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