Quality of life, Body image, and psychiatric implications in patients with urn trauma: preliminary study of the Italian version of Burn Specific Health Scale-brief

Daniele La Barbera, Francesco Conte, Di Pasquale, Lucia Sideli, Maria Valentina Rumeo, Roberta Grassia

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Abstract

Burn patients may suffer both physical and psychopatological consequences and their quality of life and the presence of psychopathological symptoms should be evacuate. The Burn Specific Health Scale-Brief (BSHS-B) is a tried and test-instrument for assessing burn patients’ quality of life. The aim of this study is to propose the Italian translation of BSHS-B and presents the preliminary results of an exploratory study. The Italian version of BSHS-B was administered to a sample group of 50 burn victims. Reliability was verified by Cronbach’s alpha, and construct validity was evaluated through correlation with the Short Form 36 Health Survey Questionnaire (SF-36) and the Self-report Symptom Inventory-Revisited (SCL-90). The entire scale and two out of three domains showed Cronbach’s alpha values higher than 0.8. Significant correlations were identified between BSHS-B subscales and the SF-36 subscales Physical Pain and Social Activities. Several psychopathological SCL-90 subscales correlated with BSHS-B subscales Heat Sensivity and Body Image. It was concluded that our translation of BSHS-B was reliable and showed good construct validity. Tha drawbacks of this study are the limited size of the sample and the wide variety of types of burn injuries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-176
Number of pages6
JournalANNALS OF BURNS AND FIRE DISASTERS
Volume23
Publication statusPublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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