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Exercise training to improve health related quality of life in long term survivors of major burn injury: A matched controlled study.
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PMID:  22538174     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: Patients often experience reduced health-related quality of life (HRQOL) following burn injury. Exercise training has been demonstrated to improve HRQOL in a number of clinical populations, yet it is unknown whether exercise can improve HRQOL in burns patients. PROCEDURES: Nine burn-injured participants (42±18.38%TBSA: 6.56±3.68 years after injury) and 9 matched controls participated in a 12-week exercise programme. HRQOL was assessed via the Burn Specific Health Scale-Brief (BSHS-B) and the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short Form (SF-36). Activity limitation was measured using the quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (QuickDASH). RESULTS: The burns group had decreased HRQOL compared to the controls at baseline, as reported by the BSHS-B (t (16)=3.51, p=0.003) and some domains of the SF-36 including role physical (t (16)=3.79, p=0.002). Burned participants reported decreased activity levels compared to the controls as measured by the QuickDASH (t (16)=2.19, p=0.044). Exercise training improved SF-36 scores in both burn (t (8)=3.77, p=0.005) and control groups (t (8)=2.71, p=0.027). Following training there was no difference between the groups on the SF-36 or QuickDASH. CONCLUSION: Exercise training improves HRQOL and activity limitations in burn-injured patients to a level that is equivalent to that of their uninjured counterparts.
T L Grisbrook; S L Reid; D W Edgar; K E Wallman; F M Wood; C M Elliott
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Burns : journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-1409     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-4-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8913178     Medline TA:  Burns     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI. All rights reserved.
School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, The University of Western Australia, Australia.
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