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Long term health-related quality of life after burns is strongly dependent on pre-existing disease and psychosocial issues and less due to the burn itself
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Uppsala University, Sweden.
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2013 (English)In: Burns, ISSN 0305-4179, E-ISSN 1879-1409, Vol. 39, no 2, 229-235 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is reduced after a burn, and is affected by coexisting conditions. The aims of the investigation were to examine and describe effects of coexisting disease on HRQoL, and to quantify the proportion of burned people whose HRQoL was below that of a reference group matched for age, gender, and coexisting conditions.


A nationwide study covering 9 years and examined HRQoL 12 and 24 months after the burn with the SF-36 questionnaire. The reference group was from the referral area of one of the hospitals.


The HRQoL of the burned patients was below that of the reference group mainly in the mental dimensions, and only single patients were affected in the physical dimensions. The factor that significantly affected most HRQoL dimensions (n = 6) after the burn was unemployment, whereas only smaller effects could be attributed directly to the burn.


Poor HRQoL was recorded for only a small number of patients, and the decline were mostly in the mental dimensions when compared with a group adjusted for age, gender, and coexisting conditions. Factors other than the burn itself, such as mainly unemployment and pre-existing disease, were most important for the long term HRQoL experience in these patients.

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Elsevier , 2013. Vol. 39, no 2, 229-235 p.
Keyword [en]
Health related quality of life, Burn, Pre-existing disease, Control group, Co-morbidity, Long term, SF-36, Unemployment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-91552DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2012.11.014ISI: 000316520400005OAI: diva2:618285
Available from: 2013-04-26 Created: 2013-04-26 Last updated: 2014-03-24Bibliographically approved

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