Environment key to injury recovery

Philadelphia (January 12, 2022) – Black men are disproportionately affected by injuries in the United States. This disparity is stark given that injury is one of the top ten causes of death. Data show that infected black men from disadvantaged neighborhoods have higher injury mortality, years of lost life expectancy, and psychiatric symptoms that persist after initial wound treatment.

While much research has examined individual characteristics that predict poor recovery from injury, fewer studies have focused on the social and physical features of the environment and how they may influence the recovery of injury survivors.

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing of Pennsylvania) focuses on injured black men’s perceptions of injury recovery environments, including how insecure they feel and the varying availability of resources to recover within their neighborhoods. The findings underscore the importance of the neighborhood environment in recovery after injury and the role of social support and resource allocation for injury survivors in the aftermath. The study has implications for the need for changes that can better support patients dealing with the consequences of serious injuries in the context of neighborhood-wide adversity.

Our findings raise important considerations regarding inpatient and outpatient experiences of trauma survivors. Survivors expressed significant barriers to recovery, the importance of their social networks but the limited resources available to them. Our participants expressed a deep human need to be listened to and treated with respect,” says Marta Bruce, MD, RN, University of Pennsylvania Nursing and intensive care nurse at University of Pennsylvania Hospital, lead author of the article.

“This research indicates the importance of intervening in the critical window of inpatient experience prior to hospital discharge to increase empathic communication, better coordination of social work and mental health services, and better planning for hospital discharge challenges raised by our participants,” says Therese S. Richmond, PhD, RN FAAN, Andrea B. Laporte Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in Penn Nursing, and co-author of the study. “Physicians must bear in mind that the injury represents a painful disruption to the lives of survivors and that the journey to recovery is influenced by social and environmental factors outside the hospital walls.”

The results of the study were published in an article titled “Perceptions of Infected Black Men with the Recovery Environment” in Social sciences and medicine It is available online. The co-authors of this article are Connie M. Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, Lillian S. Brunner Chair in Medical and Surgical Nursing, Professor of Nursing, and Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. and Jessica Webster, MS, LPC, both of University of Pennsylvania Nursing.

The study was supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health under award number R01NR013503 (PI: Richmond) and the Office of Nursing Research (ONR) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and Hillman Scholars in Nursing Innovation.

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