Does participation mediate the prospective relationships of impairment, injury severity, and pain to quality of life following burn injury?
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We examined the prospective impact of injury severity, functional impairment, and pain on participation in the community and subsequently on life satisfaction and self-rated health of 260 burn survivors 5 years post-discharge. Predictor variables include injury severity and total body surface area burned (assessed during acute care), functional independence (assessed at 12 months post-discharge), pain (assessed at the 24th month), and participation (assessed at the 48th month). Participation predicted life satisfaction and self-rated health. Functional independence and injury severity had significant indirect influences on adjustment via their influence on participation. Pain predicted both outcome variables. Clinical and research implications are discussed.
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Elliott, T. R., Berry, J. W., Nguyen, H. M., Williamson, M. L., Kalpinski, R. J., Underhill, A. T., & Fine, P. R.