Efficacy of pressure garment therapy for the treatment of hypertrophic burn scars - Rapid Review May 2016

Dr Joanna Ford undertook a Rapid Review into this subject in Spring 2016. The original 2016 Review is available as a PDF.  An updated review (Feb 2017) is also available as a PDF, but the conclusions remain the same. 

Review Summary & Key Messages

The authors' conclusion from this review (as well as results from a previously published systematic review and meta-analysis) is that clear evidence demonstrating the clinical efficacy of PGs is currently unavailable. Studies need to be better designed and should include standardised methods of accurate pressure measurement at the garment/skin interface, use of an optimal scar assessment tool and a general consensus of what outcomes are clinically desirable.

Although a few studies demonstrate that this treatment appears to be beneficial in some cases and under some conditions, the current literature available does not provide convincing scientific evidence for its use as a hypertrophic scar treatment. Further, well designed studies are required to establish whether it is clinically beneficial and if so, the levels of pressure required for clinical efficacy.


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