Research Projects

As a NIDILRR-funded Burn Model System (BMS), the NWRBMS is required to engage in one site-specfic research activity: contribute data to the National Burn Model System database and collaborate with other BMS centers. The following are being conducted for the 2017-2022 NIDILRR Burn Model System grant cycle.

National Burn Model System Database

Newly injured patients are invited to become part of a longitudinal national database of burn patients. This information is used to further our understanding of the long-term consequences of burn injuries and to develop improved treatments and systems of care. Currently the database, centered at the National Burn Data & Statistical Center, contains information on more than 6,000 individuals since 1993. Interested in participation, see our recruitment flyer.

Site-specific study – Virtual-environment Home Rehabilitation: A Randomized Controlled Trial

This study is OPEN for participant enrollment!

The purpose of this randomized controlled trial is to determine whether a virtual-environment home rehabilitation program improves functional outcomes for adults discharged to home after a burn injury. There are two study groups: a control group which represents participants who receive usual home rehabilitation care and an experimental group in which participants receive usual care plus a home rehabilitation virtual program.  All participants are asked to wear an actigraphy wrist-worn device (photographed at right) for the first 3 months of the study.

Study inclusion criteria include the following:

  • Adult burn survivor (18 years or older)
  • Able to read and understand English and provide written consent
  • Discharged to a home environment with the following:
    • Television screen (larger than 20 inches in diameter with HDMI input)
    • Home Internet and email address
    • Personal Smartphone

For more study information, contact us at nwrbms@uw.edu.

Collaborative research - Genomic predictors of functional outcomes after burn injury

The purpose of this study is to learn more about genetic factors that influence long-term physical and emotional recovery for adult burn survivors.

Study inclusion criteria include the following:

  • Adult burn survivor (18 years or older) who has been enrolled in the National Burn Model System Database study.

For more study information, contact us at nwrbms@uw.edu.

Collaborative research - Early post-injury and in-hospital data predictors of functonal outcomes after burn injury

The purpose of this study is to learn how early clinical hospital events impact functional outcomes and risk factors for recovery. 

Study inclusion criteria include the following:

  • Burn survivors enrolled in the National Burn Model System Database study at the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center.

For more study information, contact us at nwrbms@uw.edu.