“I Don’t Like the Way I Look”: What can Burn Teams do to Promote Positive Body Image in their Patients?

Professor Nichola Rumsey

Co-Director, Centre for Appearance Research

The changes to appearance in the aftermath of burn injury can result in a range of significant psychological and social challenges, however, individual differences in wellbeing and adjustment in people with visible differences are considerable, and are not well predicted by the severity, extent or site of the subsequent scarring.  Recent research has highlighted the potential for all burn team members to contribute to efforts to promote psychological resilience in their patients. In this talk, key factors in positive adjustment to disfigurement will be discussed and a stepped approach to the provision of appropriate advice, support and intervention involving all members of the team outlined.

About ANZBA

ANZBA is a not for profit organisation and the peak body for health professionals responsible for the care of the burn injured in Australia and New Zealand. ANZBA encourages higher standards of care through education, performance monitoring and research.

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