The Relationship of Rehabilitation Therapy Time To The Prevention of Burn Scar Contracture


This project will develop a descriptive database of patient information and patient outcomes. This database will be used to determine the association of time spent in rehabilitation and patient outcomes, to relate patient acuity to burn scar contracture development and to establish minimal time requirement guidelines for various rehabilitation patient outcomes.

Full Title of Study: “Burn Patient Acuity Demographics, Scar Contractures and Rehabilitation Treatment Time Related to Patient Outcomes (ACT)”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design
    • Time Perspective: Prospective
  • Study Primary Completion Date: April 2014


  • Other: Routine post burn rehabilitation therapy
    • No testing outside of routine clinical rehabilitation will be performed

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Post-Burn Rehabilitation
    • Patients with an acute burn injury who are admitted to the hospital with anticipated length of stay of 5 days or greater

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Measure patient outcome in terms of time devoted to rehabilitation
    • Time Frame: At discharge
    • Standard information that is recorded as part of daily routine in the rehabilitation treatment of patients with burn injury will be used as data to analyze patient outcomes

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • 18 year of age or older – Admission for primary diagnosis of cutaneous burn injury – Anticipated length of stay equal to/greater than five days – >2% deep partial thickness burn OR hand burn (which may be less than 2% deep partial thickness burn) Exclusion Criteria:

  • Non-survivable burn as determined by the attending burn surgeon – Electrical burn injury

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • American Burn Association
  • Collaborator
    • U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Sponsor
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Reginald L Richard, MS, PT, Principal Investigator, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research

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