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Burn camps for burns survivors - realising the benefits for early adjustment: a systematic review


Kornhaber, R and Visentin, D and Thapa, DK and West, S and Haik, J and Cleary, M, Burn camps for burns survivors - realising the benefits for early adjustment: a systematic review, Burns, 46, (1) pp. 33-43. ISSN 0305-4179 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.burns.2018.12.005


Objectives: Child and adolescent burn survivors benefit from skills to cope with the physical and mental challenges associated with their injuries. Burn camps can offer an opportunity to build these skills. In this study, we systematically review the best available evidence on burn camps in order to better assess their impact on burn survivors.

Method: A systematic review was conducted according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. A total of 815 articles on recreational therapeutic camps for burn survivors were retrieved from PubMed, PsycINFO, CINAHL and Scopus restricted to the English language and published before or by May 2018. Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) for Qualitative Studies Checklist and the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Critical Appraisal Checklist for non-randomized experimental studies were used to assess the methodological rigour of the quantitative studies.

Results: Quantitative data did not support any long-lasting impacts on psychosocial wellbeing. Qualitative data showed children, parents and staff all perceived benefits from camp attendance, including companionship and belonging.

Conclusion: Further research is required to understand the lack on congruence between qualitative and quantitative data. Qualitative data suggests burn camps are beneficial for children with burn injuries.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:adolescence, burn survivors, burns, children, psychosocial wellbeing, self-esteem, summer camps, systematic review
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health outcomes
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
UTAS Author:Visentin, D (Dr Denis Visentin)
UTAS Author:Thapa, DK (Mr Deependra Thapa)
UTAS Author:West, S (Dr Sancia West)
UTAS Author:Haik, J (Professor Josef Haik)
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:130110
Year Published:2020 (online first 2019)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2019-01-10
Last Modified:2020-04-16

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