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A clinical update on post-traumatic stress disorder in burn injury survivors


McLean, L and Chen, R and Kwiet, J and Streimer, J and Vandervord, J and Kornhaber, R, A clinical update on post-traumatic stress disorder in burn injury survivors, Australasian Psychiatry, 25, (4) pp. 348-350. ISSN 1039-8562 (2017) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Copyright 2017 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

DOI: doi:10.1177/1039856217700285


Objectives: Burn injuries are complex traumatic events carrying high risks of acute physical and psychosocial morbidity. With greater survival, clinical and research attention has turned to psychosocial recovery outcomes and risk factors. It is timely to summarise current issues in post-traumatic disorders after burn injury for mental health and integrative care clinicians.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common outcome of severe burn injury. There are difficulties in delivering current best practice treatments to many survivors especially those in rural and remote areas and those with comorbidities. Vicarious traumatization of clinicians, families and carers requires attention and internationally there are moves to psychosocial screening and outcome tracking.

Conclusions: The role of the multidisciplinary treatment, integrated and trauma-informed care is essential. While level 1 evidence for PTSD treatments theoretically applies, adaptations that consider comorbidities and treatment contexts are often essential with further research required.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:severe burn injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychosocial treatments, resilience, post-traumatic growth
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
ID Code:116832
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2017-05-23
Last Modified:2018-12-13

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