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Burn camps for burns survivors—Realising the benefits for early adjustment: A systematic review

Kornhaber, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6556-6775, Visentin, D ORCID: 0000-0001-9961-4384, Thapa, DK, West, SG ORCID: 0000-0001-7738-9390, Haik, J and Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850 2019 , 'Burn camps for burns survivors—Realising the benefits for early adjustment: A systematic review' , Burns , pp. 1-11 , doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2018.12.005.

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Objectives: Child and adolescent burn survivors benefit from skills to cope with the physicaland mental challenges associated with their injuries. Burn camps can offer an opportunity tobuild these skills. In this study, we systematically review the best available evidence on burncamps in order to better assess their impact on burn survivors.Method: A systematic review was conducted according to the Preferred Reporting Items forSystematic Reviews and Meta-analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. A total of 815 articles onrecreational therapeutic camps for burn survivors were retrieved from PubMed, PsycINFO,CINAHL and Scopus restricted to the English language and published before or by May 2018.Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) for Qualitative Studies Checklist and the JoannaBriggs Institute (JBI) Critical Appraisal Checklist for non-randomized experimental studieswere used to assess the methodological rigour of the quantitative studies.Results: Quantitative data did not support any long-lasting impacts on psychosocialwellbeing. Qualitative data showed children, parents and staff all perceived benefits fromcamp attendance, including companionship and belonging.Conclusion: Further research is required to understand the lack on congruence betweenqualitative and quantitative data. Qualitative data suggests burn camps are beneficial forchildren with burn injuries.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kornhaber, R and Visentin, D and Thapa, DK and West, SG and Haik, J and Cleary, M
Keywords: Burns, Summer camps, Burn survivors, Psychosocial wellbeing, Self-esteem, Adolescence Children, Systematic review
Journal or Publication Title: Burns
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
ISSN: 0305-4179
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.burns.2018.12.005
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