Psychiatric study of patients with severe burn injuries.Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 284 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.284.6314.465 (Published 13 February 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;284:465
- A C White
About two-thirds of a consecutive series of patients severely injured with burns followed up one year after discharge were found to have psychological sequelae. Duration of hospital stay and the presence of certain mental illnesses were related to the incidence and severity of psychological symptoms. This relation did not apply to the site of the burn and the existence of a claim for compensation. The incidence of post-traumatic neurosis in patients with burn injuries could be reduced by identifying and treating, soon after the accident, those who need psychiatric help.