Towards the holistic assessment of scar management interventions

Jonathan Mathers

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Presently, research assessments of burn scar management interventions focus on measures of scarring and scar features. However, qualitative research demonstrates that patients experience scarring and scar management therapies holistically. Patient-centred assessment should reflect this. An agreement is required regarding what to assess, which tools and measures to use and at what time points. Key issues include (1) whether and how burn- or scar-related quality-of-life measures could be included in the assessment of scar management interventions and how these are weighed against scar measures; (2) routine inclusion of the assessment of treatment burden (or treatment experience) in comparative research and (3) generating further understanding of the relationship between scar management and psychosocial adaptation, along with an assessment of this. A debate concerning a holistic and standardized evaluation of scar management interventions is needed to ensure that future evidence-based decisions are made in a patient-centred manner.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-210
JournalEuropean Burn Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2022


  • scar management
  • scar assessment
  • patient centred
  • scar treatment experience
  • psychosocial adaptation


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