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Psychosocial Factors Affecting Burn Rehabilitation







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As dedicated burn professionals, we have a crucial role in assisting our patients as they navigate the physical challenges after a burn injury. Frequently, we encounter difficulties that complicate our support in the patient's recovery journey. How should we address situations where a patient lacks motivation and resists participation in the rehabilitation program? How do we manage family members who unintentionally hinder the patient's return to an independent life due to their overprotectiveness?

It's important to recognize that many of the challenges faced by burn professionals, which may initially appear to be linked to the patient's or caregiver's personality traits (e.g., laziness, resistance to advice, excessive dependence, regressive behavior, or excessive pampering from family members), often stem from the psychological impact of the burn trauma. These issues are closely tied to the patient's and caregiver's emotional response to the burn and their coping mechanisms. Identifying these issues and understanding their psychological origins is essential. Equally important is developing empathetic strategies to help patients and caregivers overcome these challenges, as this can significantly influence the patient's rehabilitation progress.

This course will help you to:

  • Understand the Psychosocial Impact of Burns: Uncover the intricate web of psychosocial factors that can significantly affect our burn patients' rehabilitation process. Gain insights into how these factors contribute to emotional distress, reduced motivation, and compliance challenges.

  • Understand how to Develop Empowering Therapeutic Approaches: As therapists, we often face the dilemma of how to support burn patients dealing with depression and lack of motivation. This course will equip you with strategies to intervene effectively and prevent the worsening of these situations, ultimately fostering a positive rehabilitation environment.

  • Understand What is a Holistic Approach to Burn Recovery: Recognize the holistic nature of burn rehabilitation. Explore how the trauma of burns, coupled with the pain of treatment and rehabilitation, as well as loss of functions, present a unique set of challenges. Learn to identify complex emotions and psychological reactions in patients and their families, understanding their potential impact on compliance and overall outcomes.

Course objectives

Upon completing this course, you'll be equipped to:

  • Identify the factors (individual and familial) that affect burn patients during rehabilitation.

  • Explain the impact of these psychological hurdles on rehabilitation.

  • Develop strategies to mitigate the impact of psychosocial factors.

Course content

Individual factors that affect post-burn rehabilitation

• Impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

• Impact of physical condition on emotions

• Impact of changes in appearance

Family factors that affect post-burn rehabilitation

• Important role of caregiver

• Dynamic between caregiver and patient

• Communication between caregiver and patient

• Psychological self-care of the caregiver


  • Kick off with a pre-test to gauge your existing knowledge.

  • Stay sharp with mini-quizzes after each lesson to help you review key points and solidify your understanding.

  • Wrap up your learning journey with a post-test to demonstrate your knowledge acquisition      after the course.

Criterias to pass the course:

  • Complete all the learning activities within the specified time limit.

  • Obtain a grade of 80% or more in the post-test.

This course is for

This course is for Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists working with burn patients, as well as other burn professionals who want to enhance their knowledge and skills about how to support the psychological recovery of burn patients and their family.


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Maggie Niu

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