National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Burn Model System: Review of Program and Database

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2020 Jan;101(1S):S5-S15. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.09.109. Epub 2017 Oct 5.


The Burn Model System (BMS) centers program was created in 1994 to evaluate the long-term outcomes of burn injuries. As part of this multicenter program, a comprehensive longitudinal database was developed to facilitate the study of a number of functional and psychosocial outcomes after burn injury. In this article, we provide an overview of the data collection procedures, measures selection process, and an overview of the participant data collected between 1994 and 2016. Surveys were administered during hospitalization and at 6, 12, and 24 months after discharge, and in the most recent funding cycle, data collection at every 5 years postinjury was added. More than 7200 people with burn injury were eligible to participate in the BMS National Longitudinal Database. Of these, >5900 (82%) were alive at discharge and consented to follow-up data collection. The BMS National Longitudinal Database represents a large sample of people with burn injury, including information on demographic characteristics, injury characteristics, and health outcomes. The database is publicly available and can be used to examine the effect of burn injury on long-term outcomes.

Keywords: Burn; Injury; Rehabilitation.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Burns / psychology*
  • Burns / rehabilitation*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Data Management / organization & administration
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Disabled Persons / rehabilitation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Mental Health
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life
  • Rehabilitation Research / organization & administration*
  • Risk Factors
  • Self Report
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Trauma Severity Indices
  • Young Adult