Profile of patients lost to follow-up in the burn injury rehabilitation model systems' longitudinal database

Short Title:
Profile of patients lost to follow-up in the burn injury rehabilitation model systems' longitudinal database
Model System:
Burn
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J51475.
Journal:
Journal of Burn Care & Research
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2006, vol. 27, issue 5, pp 703-712
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Abstract:
Using the Burn Injury Rehabilitation Model System's longitudinal database, this study investigated whether patterns exist among participants lost to follow-up at 6, 12, or 24 months after injury and identified characteristics that that reliably discriminated between those who are lost to follow-up and those who are not. Stepwise logistic regression analysis was used to develop 3 prediction models for the probability of loss to follow-up. The percent of individuals successfully contacted for follow-up were 64 percent at 6 months, 54 percent at 12 months, and 42 percent at 24 months after injury. Individuals who were younger, not employed at the time of burn, with less than a high school education, a history of drug abuse, circumstances of injury involving suspected assault, and having no insurance for care were lost to follow-up. Longer stay in the hospital increased the likelihood of follow-up and successful follow-up at 6 and 12-month intervals increased the likelihood of achieving a follow-up at 24 months after injury.
Author(s):
Holavanahalli, R. K.; Lezotte, D. C.; Hayes, M. P.; Minhajuddin, A.; Fauerbach, J. A.; Engrav, L. H.; Helm, P. A.; Kowalske, K. J.
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