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A clinical update on post-traumatic stress disorder in burn injury survivors

McLean, L, Chen, R, Kwiet, J, Streimer, J, Vandervord, J and Kornhaber, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6556-6775 2017 , 'A clinical update on post-traumatic stress disorder in burn injury survivors' , Australasian Psychiatry, vol. 25, no. 4 , pp. 348-350 , doi: 10.1177/1039856217700285.

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Objectives: Burn injuries are complex traumatic events carrying high risks of acute physical and psychosocial morbidity.With greater survival, clinical and research attention has turned to psychosocial recovery outcomes and riskfactors. It is timely to summarise current issues in post-traumatic disorders after burn injury for mental health andintegrative care clinicians.Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common outcome of severe burn injury. There are difficulties in deliveringcurrent best practice treatments to many survivors especially those in rural and remote areas and those with comorbidities.Vicarious traumatization of clinicians, families and carers requires attention and internationally thereare moves to psychosocial screening and outcome tracking.Conclusions: The role of the multidisciplinary treatment, integrated and trauma-informed care is essential. Whilelevel 1 evidence for PTSD treatments theoretically applies, adaptations that consider comorbidities and treatmentcontexts are often essential with further research required.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McLean, L and Chen, R and Kwiet, J and Streimer, J and Vandervord, J and Kornhaber, R
Keywords: severe burn injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychosocial treatments, resilience, post-traumatic growth
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Psychiatry
Publisher: Blackwell Science
ISSN: 1039-8562
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1039856217700285
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Copyright 2017 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

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