Time to school reentry following burn injury is quite short.
Journal of Burn Care and Research
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2007, vol. 28, issue 3, pp 478-481
Returning to school is an important indicator of functional aptitude and emotional adjustment in school-aged patients after burn injury. Only two reports in the burn literature provide objective data on time to school re-entry. However, these analyses did not address the impact of patient and burn injury characteristics on time to return to school. The purpose of this study was to determine the time for school re-entry and to identify the factors associated with re-entry time in a cohort of burned children treated at our burn center. We performed a retrospective review of all school age children treated at our burn center from 1997 to 2003 who were entered into a federally funded longitudinal research database for patients with severe burn injury. Time to school re-entry after discharge was calculated for each patient, and multivariate regression was used to identify the factors associated with longer time to return to school. A total of 64 patients were included in this study. The average time to school re-entry was 10.5 days (range, 0-40) and the median time was 7.5 days. Gender (male), age, and length of hospital stay were significantly associated (P < .05) with longer time to return to school. The average time to school return is quite short. Further studies are needed to increase understanding of the factors influencing longer time to re-entry and also to examine children's experiences upon re-entry.
Christiansen, M.; Carrougher, G. J.; Engrav, L. H.; Wiechman-Askay, S.; Kramer, C. B.; Gibran, N. S.; Klein, M.B.
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