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BU Study Establishes ‘Recovery Curves’ for Young Burn Survivors

Most young pediatric burn survivors get better over time and may surpass their peers in domains such as language, play, and emotional behavior, says a new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researcher.

The study, in JAMA Pediatrics, describes multi-dimensional outcomes for children younger than 5 years old who have survived burns over more than 20 percent of their bodies or on critical areas such as the face or hands. The long-term cohort study establishes “recovery curves” tailored to pediatric burn survivors that can assist clinicians in identifying functional areas in which young survivors are on track or surpass the status of their peers.

“Advances in clinical care during the past 30 years have decreased burn mortality, especially among children,” said lead author Dr. Lewis Kazis, professor of health law, policy and management at BUSPH, who headed a large national team of investigators that included surgeons, primary care doctors, and other providers. “The current inability to predict the optimal course of recovery for a pediatric burn survivor is an impediment to both evaluating outcomes of these interventions and advising families on the type of services that would be most effective.”

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