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

Jones, B.A. ORCID: 0000-0001-8872-5847, 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. ISSN 1359-1053

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Abstract

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten burn survivors aged 51-71 and transcripts analysed using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis which resulted in four main themes: Time and adjusting to an altered appearance; Living with a visible difference in the eyes of others; Me, myself and I; The importance of maintaining appearance. Adjusting to the impact of the burn injury appeared to be a long process. Participants identified a need for more information about how the ageing process may impact on burn injuries. Participants reported feelings of isolation and also discussed the importance of maintaining an appearance that is socially acceptable. Practical implications for care and participants are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Health Psychology
Creators: Jones, B.A., Buchanan, H. and Harcourt, D.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 1 March 2017
Volume: 22
Number: 3
ISSN: 1359-1053
Identifiers:
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10.1177/1359105315603473DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 16 Jan 2019 16:58
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2019 16:58
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35592

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