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Itching among Burn Patients in the Rehabilitation Phase
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  • Journal title : Journal of muscle and joint health
  • Volume 23, Issue 1,  2016, pp.28-38
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Muscle and Joint Health
  • DOI : 10.5953/JMJH.2016.23.1.28
 Title & Authors
Itching among Burn Patients in the Rehabilitation Phase
Kim, Kyung Ja; Seo, Cheong Hoon; Kim, Eun Jung;
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate post-burn itching relevant characteristics in the rehabilitation phase. Methods: Ninety four burn patients who were hospitalized in the rehabilitation phase participated in the study. Self-reported Leuven itch scale-Korean was used to evaluate itching related characteristics. Data were analyzed with descriptive analysis, test, and Kruskal-Wallis test. Results: All subjects except two had the itching. Itching frequency revealed that 68.1% of subjects experienced itching one or more episodes a day or always, and 18.7% had episode durations lasting more than 2 hours per incidence. Mean severity and distress of itching was and , respectively. Itching sensation dimension of tickling was 56.4%. More than 25% of subjects "often" or "always" affected reduced quality of life, loss of concentration, bad mood, and difficulty in falling asleep. Satisfaction with itching treatment was intermediate level. Conclusion: Post-burn itching in the rehabilitation phase was a significant problem despite pruritus treatment. Based on the finding of this study, development of comprehensive and tailored nursing intervention programs for itching could be suggested.
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