J Caring Sci. 2018;7(2):107-112.
doi: 10.15171/jcs.2018.017
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Original Research

The Effect of Pre-Discharge Training on the Quality of Life of Burn Patients

Mojgan Lotfi 1, Akram Ghahremaneian 1, Ahmad Aghazadeh 2, Fatemeh Jamshidi 1 *

1 Departement of Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2 Departement of Basic sciences, Paramedical Faculty, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran


Introduction: Many physical, psychological, social and economic complications have been reported after discharge, which have a negative impact on the quality of life of burn patients. The present research examines the effect of pre-discharge training program on the life quality of patients with burns. Methods: This is a pre and post-experimental study with control group that was conducted in 2015 in teaching hospital Sina. The control group received the typical instructions upon being discharged from hospital while the experimental group received in-person training in the form of question-answer, pamphlets and a researcher-made instruction booklet. The patients’ life quality was evaluated when they were being discharged, a month and then three months after they were discharged. Results: The result showed that the quality of life has a significant statistical difference across the three time points. And these differences are compared using Bonferroni’s adjustment multiple comparisons indicating that pre-discharge training affects the quality of life scores and this effect continues over time. Conclusion: The results show that the pre-discharge training has significantly improved the life quality among the burns patients. The improvement of life quality is also correlated with the quantitative variable of total body surface area percent (TBSA %). Thus, planning and designing in-discharge training programs based on the existing context, combined with training packages focusing on the patients’ needs could be a very significant step in more successful implementation of the follow-up programs on the burn patients and improving their quality of life.
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Submitted: 16 Jan 2017
Accepted: 27 Sep 2017
First published online: 30 May 2018
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