Internet-based information and support program for parents of children with burns: A randomized controlled trial.
2017 (English)In: Burns, ISSN 0305-4179, E-ISSN 1879-1409, Vol. 43, no 3, 583-591 p., S0305-4179(16)30348-5Article in journal (Refereed) Published
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to evaluate the feasibility and effects of an internet-based information and self-help program with therapist contact for parents of children and adolescents with burns. The program aimed to reduce parents' symptoms of general and posttraumatic stress.
METHODS: Participants were parents of children treated for burns between 2009-2013 at either of the two specialized Swedish Burn centers. Sixty-two parents were included in a two-armed, randomized controlled trial with a six-week intervention group and a wait-list control group, including a pre and post-assessment, as well as a 3 and 12-month follow-up. The intervention contained psychoeducation, exercises and homework assignments, and the intervention group received weekly written feedback from a therapist. The main outcome was stress (post-traumatic stress, general stress and parental stress).
RESULTS: The program had a beneficial effect on posttraumatic stress in the short term, but did not affect general stress or parental stress. The parents rated the program as being informative and meaningful, but some of them thought it was time-consuming.
CONCLUSION: The program has the potential to support parents of children with burns. The intervention is easily accessible, cost-effective and could be implemented in burn care rehabilitation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 43, no 3, 583-591 p., S0305-4179(16)30348-5
Burns, Child, Internet interventions, Parent, Psychological, Randomized controlled trial, iCBT
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-136485DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2016.08.039PubMedID: 28040368OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-136485DiVA: diva2:1088726