Parents of children with burn injuries needed for UWE Bristol study focussing on online support

Issue date: 25 August 2017


Parents whose son or daughter has suffered a burn injury are being sought for a project being carried out by Dr Jennifer Heath, a Clinical Psychologist and PhD researcher at the world-renowned Centre for Appearance Research based at UWE Bristol.

Dr Heath would like to hear from mums and dads about the kinds of support that might have helped them, particularly whether online support would have been useful. Her questionnaire is available here.

The former NHS burns unit employee said: “This information will directly benefit other parents by helping me to shape support for parents, possibly by providing an online resource which would be accessible and meets the needs identified during my research.”

Every year in the UK approximately 58,000 children attend accident and emergency departments for treatment after experiencing a burn injury. More burns are seen in children under five years of age than in any other age group. The research is looking at how to provide support that could benefit many parents around the country, both now and in the future.

Dr Heath said: “I am hoping to collect the views of at least 100 parents. All parents of children who have suffered but survived a burn injury requiring hospital treatment are invited to take part. I am recruiting parents from all over the country and it doesn't matter how long ago the injury took place. Either both parents, or just one, can participate in the research, and all participants will remain anonymous.”

If you are interested in taking part, visit http://tinyurl.com/peersupportforparents or contact Dr Heath on jennifer3.heath@uwe.ac.uk or 0117 3287109.

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