Wasiak et al evaluated patients following severe burns. They identified predictors for a worse health-related quality of life at 12 months after the burns. The authors are form Monash University, The Alfred Hospital and CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences in Australia.

Patient selection: severe burns


Outcome: health status and health-related quality of life


Predictors for a worse outcome:

(1) older age (mean age 42 years)

(2) female sex

(3) higher total burn surface area with full thickness burns

(4) greater number of surgical procedures

(5) longer hospital stay


Items 3, 4 and 5 reflect the burn severity.


The impact of the burn circumstances was not a variable in the analysis. The significance of inhalation injury was not discussed.

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