The aim of the study was to describe the psychological evolution of burned patients and to teach plastic surgeons how to prevent their negative reactions and promote their adjustment. Patients admitted to a Burn Unit need to adjust to the new situation: they suddenly find themselves in a potentially fatal situation together with the knowledge that they will bear forever unsightly scars. The aim of the study was to divide the psychological progression of burned patients into four stages (1-emergency, 2-defense, 3- confrontation, 4-re-introduction) and to suggest guidelines of psychological and psychopharmacological therapy according to the patient evolution. During this long term and difficult progression of events, the plastic surgeon becomes a figure to be relied upon, both during the patient's stay and after his discharge.
|Translated title of the contribution||Relationships and psychopharmacological aspects in burned patients|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health