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Burn care and rehabilitation in Australia: health professionals’ perspectives


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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DOI: doi:10.1080/09638288.2017.1406009


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Burns; health services; models of care; qualitative research; rehabilitation; telemedicine
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Allied health and rehabilitation science
Research Field:Rehabilitation
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
UTAS Author:Rickard, G (Professor Greg Rickard)
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:123419
Year Published:2019 (online first 2017)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-01-08
Last Modified:2019-04-26

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