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Work status and burn specific health after work-related burn injury

Authors
Journal
Burns
0305-4179
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
30
Issue
8
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2004.05.010
Keywords
  • Burn Injury
  • Burn Specific Health Scale
  • Psychosocial Domains

Abstract

Abstract Work status is a valid indicator of post burn health. There is limited information on this issue after work-related burn injury. Aim: To investigate long-term health- and work status after work-related burns. Method: Eighty-six former patients treated for severe work-related burn injuries an average of 9.0 years previous to follow-up were questioned about their present work status. They were also assessed with the Burn Specific Health Scale-Brief (BSHS-B) and a pain scale adopted from the abbreviated Burn Specific Health Scale. Results: At follow-up 71 (83%) of the former patients were working, nine (10%) were on sick leave or had a disability pension, and six (7%) were unemployed. Those who were not working reported a poorer outcome in three of the BSHS-B psychosocial domains (Body Image, Affect and Interpersonal Relationships) and in two of the BSHS-B physical domains (Treatment Regimens and Work). They also reported significantly more pain. Conclusion: Only a small group of former patients with work-related accidents were not working in the sample studied after a long follow-up period. The unemployed reported more pain and worse perceived health, particularly in psychosocial domains.

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