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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-15

Impact of Supportive Psychotherapy on Burn Patients

The Department of Burns & Plastic Surgery, The Gujarat Research & Medical Institute (Rajasthan Hospitals) Camp Road, Shahibaug, Ahmedabad 380 004, India

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Smita Gouthi
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Smita Gouthi
204, Platinum Plaza, Judges Bunglow Road, Bodakdev, Ahmedabad -19
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A Surgeon treats the body of a Burn patient. But it is still a long way before an individual can re-establish his body image and quality of life. They face complex rehabilitation issues including physical, emotional, social, and vocational challenges. The psychological aspects of burn injury have been researched in different parts of the world, producing different outcomes. Studies and literature have shown that greater levels of acute pain are associated with negative long-term psychological effects such as acute stress disorder, depression, suicidal thoughts, and post-traumatic stress disorder, poor self esteem and body image for as long as two years after the initial burn injury. The core concern of this study is to find if a brief supportive psychotherapy can bring some change with regard to depression and body image.

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