Depressive Symptoms Among Survivors of Burn Injuries

  • Asghar Arfaie
  • Shahrokh Amiri
Keywords: Depressive symptoms, Burn, Burns, Total body surface area, Beck Depression Inventory, BDI, TBSA, Injuries, psychological aftermaths, Depression, Epidemiology, Prevention, Scalds, Iran, Tabriz


Purpose: To estimate the prevalence of depressive symptoms in patients surviving a burn injury.

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted on 100 burn inpatients (50 males and 50 females) admitted to Sina Burn Center; Tabriz University of Medical Sciences during 2012.The severity and grade of burn injury was evaluated by a dermatologist. Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II) was used to evaluate the existence and severity of depressive symptoms.

Results: In this study, 56% of burn patients suffered from depressive symptoms. Among these, 38 (38%) patients were identified with low, 13 (13%) with moderate and 5 (5%) with severe depressive symptoms. Depressive symptoms were reported in 20 (40%) males and 36 (72%) females. Moreover, depressive symptoms were observed in 15 (26.3%) patients with a  total body surface area (TBSA) less than 30% and 41 (73.2%) with TBSA more than 30%.

Conclusion: Depressive symptoms are common in burn patients and was twice as common among women. Psychological interventions along with the medical therapy should be provided for these patients.


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