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The experiences of older adults living with an appearance altering burn injury: an exploratory qualitative study

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posted on 06.04.2016, 10:41 by Beth Jones, Heather Buchanan, Diana Harcourt
Advances in medical treatment mean more older people are living with burn injuries. However, little is known about experiences and support needs of this group. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of semi-structured interviews with 10 burn survivors aged 51–71 years identified four themes: time and adjusting to an altered appearance; living with a visible difference in the eyes of others; me, myself and I; importance of maintaining appearance. Adjusting to burns was a long process. Participants discussed feeling isolated, needing information about how ageing impacts on scars and maintaining a socially acceptable appearance. Implications for care and further research are discussed.

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Journal of Health Psychology

Citation

JONES, B.A., BUCHANAN, H. and HARCOURT, D., 2017. The experiences of older adults living with an appearance altering burn injury: an exploratory qualitative study. Journal of Health Psychology, 22 (3), pp. 364-374.

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SAGE © The Author(s)

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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2017

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This article was published in the Journal of Health Psychology [SAGE © The Author(s)] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105315603473

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1359-1053

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1461-7277

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en

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