Burns involve mental stress that impacts on healing, according to research.
In a dissertation based on a unique burns rehabilitation programme at Uppsala Akademiska Hospital in Sweden, Aili Low examined burns patients' outcomes and studies on recoveries from burns.
Because burns patients are often traumatised and suffer from nightmares, chronic stress and itching, patients' personality and mental state before injury can impact on health status during recovery.
Commenting on her dissertation, to be presented at Uppsala University this weekend, Ms Low said: 'We found that not only the size of the injury, but also the patient's personality and how the individual copes with the event can affect the occurrence of itching and nightmares after the injuring.
'Increased awareness and knowledge of the connections between mental factors and the occurrence of problems following burns should lead to improved treatment, rehabilitation and life adaptation of burn patients.'