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Using online blogs to explore positive outcomes after burn injuries

Garbett, Kirsty; Harcourt, Diana; Buchanan, Heather

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Heather Buchanan


© 2016, © The Author(s) 2016. This study uses blog analysis, a new and novel technique, to explore the positive outcomes experienced by burn survivors. This study examined 10 burn survivor blogs to offer a unique, longitudinal insight into burn survivor recovery. Using thematic analysis, three themes emerged: shift in self-perception, enhanced relationships and a change in life outlook. Many of these themes contained stories and experiences unique to a traumatic burn injury, suggesting that standardised trauma scales are not effectively measuring the impact of a burn in this population. Reflections on blog analysis are discussed, along with a recommendation that health researchers utilise the vast amount of data available from online blogs.


Garbett, K., Harcourt, D., & Buchanan, H. (2017). Using online blogs to explore positive outcomes after burn injuries. Journal of Health Psychology, 22(13), 1755-1766.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 17, 2016
Online Publication Date Mar 27, 2016
Publication Date Nov 1, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 13, 2017
Publicly Available Date Sep 22, 2023
Journal Journal of Health Psychology
Print ISSN 1359-1053
Electronic ISSN 1461-7277
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 13
Pages 1755-1766
Keywords burns, blog, visible difference
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final version is available at


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