Symptoms of depression predict change in physical health after burn injury

Short Title:
Symptoms of depression predict change in physical health after burn injury
Model System:
Burn
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
Journal:
Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2006, vol. 33, issue 3, pp 292-298
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Abstract:
This study investigated the prevalence of symptoms of depression in patients hospitalized with severe burns and the association of symptoms of depression in the hospital with physical health 2 months after discharge, controlling for pre-burn physical health as measured by the SF-36 physical composite score. Survivors of acute burns were evaluated during the hospitalization (N = 262) and at 1 week (N = 165) and 2 months (N = 100) after discharge. The prevalence of at least mild to moderate symptoms of depression (Beck Depression Inventory 10) ranged from 23% to 26%. In-hospital symptoms of depression predicted change in physical health from pre-burn to 2 months post-discharge ( p = .02), controlling for patient demographics, burn severity, and symptoms of PTSD. These results suggest that patients should be screened for depression, both in-hospital and during rehabilitation after discharge.
Author(s):
Thombs, Brett D.; Bresnick, Melissa G.; Magyar-Russell, Gina; Lawrence, John W.; McCann, Una D.; Fauerbach, James A.
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