The Bridge

A mobile application for burn patients

Thereasa E. Abrams, Alison A. Lloyd, Laura E. Elzey, William Hickerson

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Abstract

Global use of the internet has become commonplace, and smart phones have paved the way for technological mobility. Incorporation of smart phone technology has the potential to positively affect health outcomes through use of health-directed applications (apps), particularly for those patients living in medically underserved areas. The Bridge Mobile App for Burn Patients (fka: HealthySteps), is a pilot project that was developed to address the unique recovery needs of patients with major burn injuries who are being discharged from a regional burn center. App content was developed from three focus groups to explore and elucidate on stakeholders’ understandings of the bio-psycho-social education and messages that they believed would improve short-term outcomes for newly discharged burn patients. The app will provide burn patients with accessible support 24 h a day, seven days a week. Original recovery-stage appropriate bio-psycho-social content, instructional videos and links to burn-supportive web sites are delivered directly to patients’ smart phones for the first 90 days following discharge. The primary goal for the Bridge App is to decrease unplanned hospital re-admissions, while supporting increased quality of life and resilience in short-term recovery. In addition, the Bridge Mobile App is designed to collect patient data reflecting pain, anxiety, mood, itching, medication compliance, social participation, self-efficacy and return to work on a password protected, HIPPA compliant, encrypted mainframe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-704
Number of pages6
JournalBurns
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2019

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Mobile Applications
Medically Underserved Area
Social Participation
Burn Units
Return to Work
Medication Adherence
Health
Self Efficacy
Pruritus
Focus Groups
Burns
Internet
Anxiety
Quality of Life
Technology
Education
Pain
Wounds and Injuries

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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The Bridge : A mobile application for burn patients. / Abrams, Thereasa E.; Lloyd, Alison A.; Elzey, Laura E.; Hickerson, William.

In: Burns, Vol. 45, No. 3, 01.05.2019, p. 699-704.

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Abrams, Thereasa E. ; Lloyd, Alison A. ; Elzey, Laura E. ; Hickerson, William. / The Bridge : A mobile application for burn patients. In: Burns. 2019 ; Vol. 45, No. 3. pp. 699-704.
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