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Major burn centres ideally have a network of burn survivors who are willing to talk with patients in the hospital. Summary A burn injury and its subsequent treatment are among the most painful experiences a person can encounter. The emotional needs of patients with burns have long been overshadowed by the emphasis on survival. Patients undergo various stages of adjustment and face emotional challenges that parallel the stage of physical recovery. Adjustment to a burn injury seems to involve a complex interplay between the patient’s characteristics before the injury, moderating environmental factors, and the nature of the injury and ensuing medical care.

In: Frank RG, Elliott TT, eds. Handbook of rehabilitation psychology. Washington DC: American Psychological Association, 2000:145-62 x Partridge J. When burns affect the way you look. London: Changing Faces, 1997 Shelley A Wiechman is acting assistant professor and David R Patterson is professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, USA. The ABC of burns is edited by Shehan Hettiaratchy, specialist registrar in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Pan-Thames Training Scheme, London; Remo Papini, consultant and clinical lead in burns, West Midlands Regional Burn Unit, Selly Oak University Hospital, Birmingham; and Peter Dziewulski, consultant burns and plastic surgeon, St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford.

The physical healing was gruelling and at times overwhelming for me and my family, and the medical team was a great support for me. However, this article focuses on the problems I faced once I left the hospital, two and a half months later, because that was toughest part of my journey. My comments are both personal and from the perspective of having been a burn nurse for over 13 years. It is a shared story of healing the emotional scars of burn injuries because I have learnt so much from others.

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