Swedish Network for Burn Research (SwedBurn)

Overview Severe burns are life threatening and can have devastating functional, psychological and social consequences for the patient and his or her close persons. SwedBurn is a nationwide, multidisciplinary collaboration focused on research on burns aiming to improve prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of burn-related health problems. SwedBurn research emanates from the two centres that since year 2010 have the national responsibility for delivering specialized burn care in Sweden, the Linköping and Uppsala Burn Centres. The network consists of preclinical scientists, physicians specialized in intensive care, plastic surgery and psychiatry, clinical psychologists, and registered nurses specialized in intensive care, psychiatry and district nursing.

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The working hypothesis The working hypothesis is an interaction model of adaptation, where several individual and contextual factors interact to shape the process of adaptation and outcome. These factors span from genes to the community and involve factors that indicate individual vulnerability or resilience, such as psychiatric history prior to the burn, but also the response to the burn itself and the integrated effect of the long intensive care period. Outcome is broadly defined in medical, psychological and social terms. Specific outcomes that we devote much interest are health-related quality of life, return to work, cognitive function, psychiatric morbidity in the form of posttraumatic stress disorder and depression, and care-related outcomes such as patient satisfaction. In addition, development and evaluation of instruments and interventions is an important part of our research approach, as are studies on physical sequels of the injury such as severe scarring.