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The aftermath of burn injury from the child's perspective: A qualitative study.

Authors
  • Egberts, Marthe R1, 2
  • Geenen, Rinie2
  • de Jong, Alette Ee1, 3
  • Hofland, Helma Wc4
  • Van Loey, Nancy Ee1, 2
  • 1 Association of Dutch Burn Centres, The Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
  • 2 Utrecht University, The Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
  • 3 Burn Centre Red Cross Hospital, The Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
  • 4 Burn Centre Maasstad Hospital, The Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
Volume
25
Issue
13-14
Pages
2464–2474
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105318800826
PMID: 30270662
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

A burn injury event and subsequent hospitalization are potentially distressing for children. To elucidate the child's experience of pediatric burn injury, children's reflections on the burn event and its aftermath were examined. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight children (12-17 years old). Using thematic analysis, interview transcripts were coded and codes were combined into overarching categories. Three categories were identified: vivid memories; the importance of parental support; psychosocial impact and coping. Implications for care are discussed in terms of assessing children's appraisals, paying attention to the parent's role, and preparing families for potential psychological barriers after discharge.

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