The impact of facial scarring: routinely assess for affective distress

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Andrew Thompson writes his debut blog on a recent systematic review that explores the associations linking facial scarring (largely caused by assaults or burn injuries) to depression and anxiety.

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Bicycle helmets and facial injuries

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This review of the effect of bicycle helmet use on facial injuries included 9 observational studies involving 23,461 patients. Those wearing helmets were less likely to sustain a facial injury (OR = 0.69, 95%CI; 0.63– 0.75)

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Motivational intervention integrated into the care of vulnerable patients with facial injury can reduce illicit drug use behaviour

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The use of illicit drugs or alcohol(substance using)  is a  most common precipitator of facial injuries among socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.  Reducing these risky behaviours could improve outcomes and reduce potential for reinjury.   The aim of this study was to assess whether a culturally competent, personalized motivational intervention incorporated into surgical care could significantly reduce existing [read the full story…]