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The challenge of evaluating rehabilitative activity holidays for burn-injured children: qualitative and quantitative outcome data from a Burns Camp over a five-year period.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Developmental neurorehabilitation
Publication Date
Volume
10
Issue
2
Pages
149–160
Identifiers
PMID: 17687988
Source
Medline

Abstract

Specialized holidays for burn-injured children are currently considered an important part of their rehabilitation. These holidays, or Camps, aim to help children face the challenges of their burn injury and treatment in a fun and supportive environment. Manchester Children's Burns Camps have been run by professionals from the Burns Unit at Booth Hall Children's Hospital together with volunteers since 1983. Formal evaluation has been a crucial component of these Camps since 1999. The purpose of this study was to summarize the findings of the evaluation process over the last 5 years, and to discuss any issues raised by the results. Standardized measures were administered to 97 children and their parents over this time period. These measures, designed to assess self-esteem, social relationships and general emotional and behavioural well-being, were completed before and after the children attended the Camp. The quantitative data showed little consistent evidence of change on these measures over the 5 years. However, the qualitative data shows consistent themes of increased confidence and improved coping with the burn injury, amongst others. The discrepancy between the quantitative and qualitative results is discussed, and implications and challenges for further evaluation of Burns Camps are raised.

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