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The impact of psychological distress on the healing of burns

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The impact of psychological distress on the healing of burns

Julie Wisely
17 September 2013

Psychological distress among people who have sustained burns is common. The time taken for burn wounds to heal cannot be fully explained by physical factors, such as wound size and depth.

A growing body of evidence in the literature indicates that psychological factors impact the wound healing process.

Clinicians should give consideration to the importance of psychological influences on the wound healing process within burns care, and also to the potential for psychological interventions to lessen patients’ distress and improve wound healing outcomes.

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