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Burn care and rehabilitation in Australia: health professionals’ perspectives

Kornhaber, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6556-6775, Rickard, G ORCID: 0000-0003-3896-3323, McLean, L, Wiechula, R, Lopez, V and Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850 2017 , 'Burn care and rehabilitation in Australia: health professionals’ perspectives' , Disability and Rehabilitation , doi:

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Objective: To understand health professionals’ perspectives of burn care and rehabilitation.Design: Qualitative and semi-structured interviews.Setting: Australian burn and rehabilitation units.Participants: Twenty-two clinicians working in burns units across disciplines and healthcare settings.Results: The data portrayed the health professionals’ perspectives of burn care and rehabilitation inAustralia. Three themes were identified: (1) interprofessional collaboration; (2) integrated community care,and (3) empowering patients to self-care.Conclusion: Burn care and rehabilitation remains a complex and a challenging area of care with limitedaccess to burn services especially in rural and remote areas. Interprofessional training and education ofhealth professionals involved with the complex care of burn injury remains a key element to support andsustain the long-term rehabilitation requirements for patients and their families. Empowering patients todevelop independence early in their rehabilitation is fundamental to their ongoing recovery. A burnsmodel of care that embraces a multidisciplinary collaboration and integrated care across the continuumhas the potential to positively impact recovery and improve health outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kornhaber, R and Rickard, G and McLean, L and Wiechula, R and Lopez, V and Cleary, M
Keywords: Burns; health services; models of care; qualitative research; rehabilitation; telemedicine
Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0963-8288
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