Postacute Care Setting Is Associated With Employment After Burn Injury

Leda F. Espinoza, Laura C. Simko, Richard Goldstein, Kara A. McMullen, Chloe Slocum, Julie K. Silver, David N. Herndon, Oscar E. Suman, Walter J. Meyer, Nicole S. Gibran, Karen Kowalske, Ross Zafonte, Colleen M. Ryan, Jeffrey C. Schneider

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Objective: To examine differences in long-term employment outcomes in the postacute care setting. Design: Retrospective review of the prospectively collected Burn Model System National Database. Setting and Participants: A total of 695 adult survivors of burn injury enrolled between May 1994 and June 2016 who required postacute care at a Burn Model System center following acute care discharge were included. Participants were divided into 2 groups based on acute care discharge disposition. Those who received postacute care at an inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) following acute care were included in the IRF group (N=447), and those who were treated at a skilled nursing facility, long-term care hospital, or other extended-care facility following acute care were included in the Other Rehab group (N=248). Interventions: Not applicable. Main Outcome Measures: Employment status at 12 months postinjury. Propensity score matching and logistic regression were utilized to determine the effect of postacute care setting on employment status. Results: Individuals in the IRF group had larger burns and were more likely to have an inhalation injury and to undergo amputation. At 12 months postinjury, the IRF group had over 9 times increased odds of being employed compared to the Other Rehab group, using propensity score matching (P=.046). Conclusions: While admitting patients with more severe injuries, IRFs provided a long-term benefit for survivors of burn injury in terms of regaining employment. Given the current lack of evidence-based guidelines on postacute care decisions, the results of this study shed light on the potential benefits of the intensive services provided at IRFs in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2015-2021
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2019


  • Employment
  • Postacute care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Skilled nursing facilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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