Barriers to employment among working-aged patients with major burn injury

Short Title:
Barriers to employment among working-aged patients with major burn injury
Model System:
Burn
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J41643.
Journal:
Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2001, vol. 22, issue 1, pp 26-34
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Abstract:
Study to determine the prevalence of preexisting and burn-related impairments among burn patients that represent actual or possible barriers to employment, and examining associations between these impairments, preburn employment status, injury patterns, and clinical outcomes. Data were collected from 770 patients age 16-64 at three regional burn centers. Results show that participants who were unemployed before the injury were more likely to have received psychiatric treatment in the previous year, have a physical disability, and test positive for alcohol and other drugs in the admission toxicology screening. Participants who were unemployed before the injury also differed from those who were employed in patterns injury and clinical outcome. The authors conclude that the greater prevalence of preexisting impairments among burn patients who were unemployed before the injury helps explain why preburn employment status is a powerful predictor of postburn work outcomes, and suggests a need to include psychosocial services in a program of comprehensive burn rehabilitation.
Author(s):
Fauerbach, James A.; Engrav, Loren; Kowalske, Karen; Brych, Sabina; Bryant, Amy; Lawrence, John; Li, Guohua; Munster, Andrew; de Lateur, Barbara
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