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Welcome to Burn!

Welcome to the first site dedicated to the work and educational endeavors of Occupational and Physical Therapists who specialize in treating and rehabilitating individuals who have suffered a burn injury. This web site is dedicated to the work of Burn Occupational & Physical Therapists in an effort to support therapist driven education and clinical improvements for all burn survivors. This site is committed to fostering collaborative networking relationships among burn therapists as well as developing clinical research, treatment innovations and improvement in service delivery and care at local, national and international levels. This site also highlights the achievements of Burn Occupational & Physical Therapists as part of the American Burn Association's Occupational & Physical Therapist Special Interest Group. Burn is a resource for therapist driven research and collaboration to provide the best treatment outcomes for the patients that we serve.

Updates & Information

March 2017 - ABA Boston

We are ready for the Annual Meeting - the OT/PT SIG program outline is here for review:

Life Span Challenges for the Burn Survivor

Course Directors: Radha Holavanahalli and Lynne Benavides

Tuesday, March 21:  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The goal of this workshop is to increase awareness and offer strategies to the clinician for supporting the survivor dealing with issues that impact physical recovery for a burn survivor throughout the life span. The speakers (clinicians and survivors) will present an overview of the issues and challenges encountered with a focus on 3 stages of life - child, adult and elderly.

As a result of attending this activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify specific issues that impact physical recovery at each stage of life
  • Discuss the long term challenges of a burn injury in relation to the normal aging process
  • Offer strategies to address the issues and challenges that arise throughout the life span

Burn Education Resources from the Burn Model System:

Free Resources Grounded in Evidence and Expert Consensus Offered by the
Burn Model Systems and Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center

The Burn Model Systems (BMS) and Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) offer free plain-language resources that support people with burn injury during recovery and daily living activities. Popular resources include factsheets that are based on evidence and expert consensus. These resources undergo professional and consumer reviews to ensure quality and readability. Factsheets are available in both English and Spanish. The BMS and MSKTC also offer Quick Reviews, which are plain language summaries of research articles published through the Burn Model Systems program. People with burn injury and their loved-ones, along with occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, and others who support them, can access factsheets and Quick Reviews on the MSKTC website at Both the BMS and MSKTC are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is operated under the Administration for Community Living in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For questions about these resources, please email Gretchen Carrougher MN, RN (BMS Knowledge Translation Committee) at

Burn Massage Resource Video:

If you were not aware, Ingrid Parry has created a video on burn massage - it is FREE to view and share as an excellent training resource.

Available in English:
Available in Spanish: