Social reintegration for individuals with a burn injury
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INTRODUCTION: Due to medical advancements the rate at which individuals are surviving burns has increased; these improvements in survival rates have led to an increased need for research focused on social reintegration among individuals post-burn in order to improve their reintegration back into society and their psychosocial wellbeing (Attoe & Pounds-Cornish, 2015). DESCRIPTION: The aim of this project was to evaluate the social reintegration program in place at the Firefighter Burn Center at Regional One Health. The effectiveness of the program was evaluated through the use of three questionnaires that focused on quality of life, satisfaction with services, and importance in supports during the rehabilitation process. THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVE AND EVIDENCE: The theoretical perspectives utilized in the social reintegration program at this site are the Person-Environment-Occupation Model and the social cognitive theory. These theories interact to form the foundation of the social reintegration program and provide explanation for why the mechanisms of action of the reintegration program are effective. RESULTS: Data analysis was conducted and compared with published data from burn units throughout the country. Results revealed that participates at the site reported higher levels of satisfaction with services provided related to reintegration. It also revealed, that compared to published data from similar peers, the individuals at the site had clinically significant positive results for social reintegration and quality of life outcomes. CONCLUSION: The evaluation revealed the effectiveness of a social reintegration program. The project highlights the important characteristics of a program include: goal-setting, peer support, and being treated in an environment with other individuals with burns.