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Moving the lenses of trauma — trauma-informed care in the burns care setting


Cleary, M and West, S and Kornhaber, R and Visentin, D and Neil, A and Haik, J and Kezelman, C and McLean, L, Moving the lenses of trauma trauma-informed care in the burns care setting, Burns, 46 pp. 1365-1372. ISSN 0305-4179 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.burns.2020.01.011


Trauma impacts people’s coping mechanisms with their ability to function posing risks to their capacity to manage and respond appropriately to stressors, and to recover. Trauma informed care recognises the needs of survivors by focusing on system-wide design and support during recovery, minimising the risk of re-traumatisation, and maximising choice and empowerment for new adaptations and post-traumatic growth. The principles of TIC are currently not being fully utilised in burns practice, including for severe burns, with the nature, extent and impacts of trauma not being fully understood or acknowledged. Those who sustain a burn injury have an increased risk for developing psychosocial issues that can extend to the family unit, and people with pre-existing mental disorders are more likely to sustain a burns injury, experiencing extended hospitalisation and rehabilitation and being less likely to adhere to burns care. With the application of trauma-informed care within the burns setting, along with an understanding and acknowledging the link between trauma, burns injuries and mental health, health care professionals can minimise potential negative psychological impacts. Investing resources is now essential to effectively address the "trauma deficit" in the area of burns recovery.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:trauma-informed care, trauma, burns, mental health, recovery
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:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
UTAS Author:West, S (Dr Sancia West)
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
UTAS Author:Visentin, D (Dr Denis Visentin)
UTAS Author:Neil, A (Associate Professor Amanda Neil)
UTAS Author:Haik, J (Professor Josef Haik)
ID Code:137976
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2020-03-18
Last Modified:2021-03-16

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