Kornhaber, R and Rickard, G and McLean, L and Wiechula, R and Lopez, V and Cleary, M, Burn care and rehabilitation in Australia: health professionals' perspectives, Disability and Rehabilitation, 41, (6) pp. 714-719. ISSN 0963-8288 (2019) [Refereed Article]
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Objective: To understand health professionals’ perspectives of burn care and rehabilitation.
Design: Qualitative and semi-structured interviews.
Setting: Australian burn and rehabilitation units.
Participants: Twenty-two clinicians working in burns units across disciplines and healthcare settings.
Results: The data portrayed the health professionals’ perspectives of burn care and rehabilitation in Australia. Three themes were identified: (1) interprofessional collaboration; (2) integrated community care, and (3) empowering patients to self-care.
Conclusion: Burn care and rehabilitation remains a complex and a challenging area of care with limited access to burn services especially in rural and remote areas. Interprofessional training and education of health professionals involved with the complex care of burn injury remains a key element to support and sustain the long-term rehabilitation requirements for patients and their families. Empowering patients to develop independence early in their rehabilitation is fundamental to their ongoing recovery. A burns model of care that embraces a multidisciplinary collaboration and integrated care across the continuum has the potential to positively impact recovery and improve health outcomes.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Burns; health services; models of care; qualitative research; rehabilitation; telemedicine|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Clinical Sciences|
|Research Field:||Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)|
|Objective Group:||Health and Support Services|
|UTAS Author:||Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)|
|UTAS Author:||Rickard, G (Professor Greg Rickard)|
|UTAS Author:||Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)|
|Year Published:||2019 (online first 2017)|
|Deposited By:||Health Sciences|
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