Recurring Themes of Network Support Exhibited by Adult Burn Survivors: A Qualitative Investigation
Keywords:burns, social networks, community characteristics
This heuristic phenomenological study explored how eight burn-surviving adults living in the Midwestern U.S. experienced their social networks following discharge from a regional burn center. Participants were interviewed about their seven domains of post-burn health. The mean age of sample at the time of burns was 42.38 with burn injuries impacting >20% of total body surface area (TBSA). Data analysis identified common themes reflecting structural characteristics of social networks including reciprocity, intensity/strength, complexity, homogeneity, geographic dispersion and formality. We conclude that network characteristics differed in availability based on population size and urban vs. rural localities of participants’ home communities.
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