A burn injury of any size can have an extensive impact on the person affected, and their family. This includes physical problems such as scarring, pain and itching, as well as psychological and social difficulties. It is important that research and clinical care consider both the immediate and long-term impact that burns can have on the lives of patients and their family members, and how this can change over time. This project will help researchers and NHS staff better understand the needs and progress of burns patients and their family members and tailor the treatment they offer accordingly.
This project was led by Professor Diana Harcourt and Dr Catrin Griffiths of the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England and concluded in Autumn 2020. The project worked with burns patients, and family members, to understand the physical and psychological challenges associated with burn injuries, and how these change over time. The outputs of the project will inform clinical and psychological treatment pathways that help reduce the likelihood and impact of lifelong difficulties.