Effects of a nurse-led transitional burns rehabilitation programme (4Cs-TBuRP) for adult burn survivors: protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Jonathan Bayuo, Frances Kam Yuet Wong, Loretta Yuet Foon Chung

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Background: Transitioning from the burn unit to the home/community can be chaotic with limited professional support. Some adult burn survivors may face varied concerns leading to poor outcomes in the early post-discharge period with limited access to professional help. Based on these, a nurse-led transitional burns rehabilitation programme has been developed and the current trial aims to ascertain its effects as well as explore the implementation process. Methods: A single-centre, double-arm randomised controlled trial with a process evaluation phase will be utilised for this study. All adult burn survivors aged ≥ 18 years with burn size ≥ 10% total burn surface area at the site during the study period will be screened for eligibility at least 72 h to discharge. A sample size of 150 will be block randomised to treatment (receiving the nurse-led transitional care programme and routine post-discharge service) and control groups (receiving routine post-discharge service). The nurse-led transitional care programme comprises of predischarge and follow-up phases with the delivery of bundle of holistic interventions lasting for 8 weeks. There are three timelines for data collection: baseline, immediate post intervention, and 4 weeks post-intervention. Discussion: The findings from this study can potentially inform the development and organisation of post-discharge care and affirm the need for ongoing comprehensive home-based care for burn survivors and their families Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.govNCT04517721. Registered on 20 August 2020

Original languageEnglish
Article number698
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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