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Post-traumatic stress disorder in hospitalized patients with burn injuries.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2373725     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The degree to which patients hospitalized for a major burn displayed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or met the full criteria for this disorder was assessed during the course of hospitalization. Fifty-four consecutive patients were screened weekly for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Sixty-three percent showed intrusive recollections of the initial trauma (partial diagnostic criteria) and 16 (29.6%) of the sample met full criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder at some point during the hospitalization. None of the patients met the full diagnostic criteria at discharge from the hospital, although one did at follow-up. Post-traumatic stress disorder was found to be related to patients' total body surface area burn, length of hospital stay, sex (female patients), and lack of responsibility for the injury. The results suggest that although post-traumatic stress disorder in patients with burn injuries generally resolves without interventions other than standard hospital care, it might be preventable if patients who are at risk for developing it receive appropriate psychologic treatment soon after the injury.
D R Patterson; L Carrigan; K A Questad; R Robinson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of burn care & rehabilitation     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0273-8481     ISO Abbreviation:  J Burn Care Rehabil     Publication Date:    1990 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-08-24     Completed Date:  1990-08-24     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8110188     Medline TA:  J Burn Care Rehabil     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  181-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle.
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MeSH Terms
Burn Units*
Burns / psychology*
Intensive Care Units*
Length of Stay
Middle Aged
Sex Factors
Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / epidemiology,  etiology*,  prevention & control
Comment In:
J Burn Care Rehabil. 1992 Jan-Feb;13(1):120   [PMID:  1572840 ]

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