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Bringing research to the bedside: Knowledge translation in the mental health care of burns patients

Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850, Visentin, DC ORCID: 0000-0001-9961-4384, West, SG ORCID: 0000-0001-7738-9390, Andrews, S ORCID: 0000-0002-0996-0118, McLean, L and Kornhaber, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6556-6775 2018 , 'Bringing research to the bedside: Knowledge translation in the mental health care of burns patients' , International Journal of Mental Health Nursing , pp. 1-8 , doi:

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Advances in surgical techniques and wound management have improved outcomesfor burn patients; however, the psychological impacts on burn survivors have had less attention.There is a higher rate of mental health disorders amongst burns victims, with those with preexistingmental health conditions likely to have worse outcomes. To implement effective burns careand rehabilitation, knowledge and understanding of mental health issues is required. This positionpaper discusses the extent to which clinicians currently translate knowledge around mental healthand burns into practice to identify enables and inhibitors. Successful knowledge translationrequires dissemination and accessibility of information with the capacity and readiness for change.Clinicians and researchers need to identify how translating research to practice can meet theneeds of burn survivors. There is a gap in the utilization of evidence concerning mental healthand the needs of burns survivors, and we need to understand what we know as compared to whatwe do. Clinicians are well placed to determine how and why knowledge does not necessarilytranslate to practice and how they can better accommodate the needs of burn survivors.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cleary, M and Visentin, DC and West, SG and Andrews, S and McLean, L and Kornhaber, R
Keywords: burns, implementation, knowledge translation, mental health, nursing recovery
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1445-8330
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Copyright 2018 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.

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