Effects of a Skin Rehabilitation Nursing Program on Skin Status, Depression, and Burn-Specific Health in Burn Survivors

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  • Young Sook Roh PhD RN,

    Assistant Professor, Corresponding author
      aqua@redcross.ac.kr
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    • Young Sook Roh, PhD RN, is an assistant professor at Red Cross College of Nursing in South Korea.

  • Cheong Hoon Seo MD,

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    • Cheong Hoon Seo, MD, is an assistant professor at the Hangang Sacred Hospital, Hallym University in South Korea.

  • Ki Un Jang PhD MD

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    • Ki Un Jang, PhD MD, is a professor at the Hangang Sacred Hospital, Hallym University in South Korea.


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Abstract

The objective of this study was to identify the effects of a skin rehabilitation nursing program (SRNP) on skin status, depression, and burn-specific health in Korean burn survivors. A pretest-posttest design with a nonequivalent control group was used to examine the effects of SRNP for 3 months in a group of 26 burn survivors. The SRNP group of 13 burn survivors received massage therapy 30 minutes three times a week for 3 months compared to a control group of 13 burn survivors receiving typical care. The SRNP group showed no significant changes in the burn scar, subjective skin status, depression, or burn-specific health. Burn survivors receiving SRNP had reduced burn scar depth after the intervention compared to the control group. The findings of this study demonstrate that SRNP for burn survivors may improve burn scars, and findings suggest that future studies with a larger sample should be conducted using SRNP as an intervention for burn survivors.

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