Psychosocial recovery and reintegration of patients with burn injuries

Laura Rosenberg, Marta Rosenberg, Ruth B. Rimmer, James A. Fauerbach

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

7 Scopus citations


Burn survivors may deal with diverse psychosocial issues in the recovery from a major burn injury. Common concerns include adapting to physical limitations and permanent changes; dealing with grief and loss; and experiencing traumatic stress, anxiety, pain, sleep disturbance, depression, body image concerns, and other adjustment issues. Some burn survivors may experience long-term psychosocial difficulties. This chapter provides an overview of psychosocial issues that burn survivors and their families may experience during the phases of the recovery. There is also a review of important psychosocial constructs that can affect recovery such as assisting with grief and loss; cultural sensitivity; psychological distress; acute and post-trauma distress; resilience and recovery; body image concerns, stigmatization, and social integration; social belongingness; long-term quality of life; and interventions beyond acute care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTotal Burn Care
Subtitle of host publicationFifth Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780323497428
ISBN (Print)9780323476614
StatePublished - Nov 30 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Body image
  • Burn injury
  • Coping
  • Distress
  • Grief
  • Psychosocial recovery
  • Quality of life
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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