LIBRE Project Blog


200 Surveys Completed! Only 400 to go…

December 19th, 2014 in Libre Blog.

200 Surveys CompletedLess than two months since the second phase of the LIBRE project began and we have officially completed 200 surveys with burn survivors! With a goal of 600 completed surveys, we're certainly not slowing down in LIBRE headquarters but we wanted to take a moment to celebrate this milestone.

From our kickoff at the World Burn Congress in October, where 70 surveys were completed over only 2 days,  we've been very busy keeping up  with the unbelievable initial response we've received!

We can't thank enough our supporters who helped get this phase off the ground.  This includes The Phoenix Society and the Burn Survivors of New England whose members have enthusiastically participated and helped guide our project, as well as the many other burn survivor groups and burn centers across North America that have supported us.

Now we need your help to keep this momentum going! If you don't know, these surveys are helping us develop a computer-based tool to measure the social recovery of burn survivors. Participants essentially have a chance to test the questions that may be included in the LIBRE tool we're developing. Surveys can be completed online or over the phone. Contact us if you're interested in participating, or spread the word to others.

We still have a long way to go to hit 600!  It is only with your support that LIBRE can reach our mission to empower burn survivors to better understand their recovery process and improve rehabilitation and care for burn survivors.


One happy LIBRE team. Left to right: Vivian Shie, Rene Soria Saucedo, Flor Amaya, Molly Marino, Melinda Rossi


LIBRE in Berlin: ISOQOL Conference October 2014

December 3rd, 2014 in Libre Blog, Uncategorized.


While this post is a little belated, we would be remiss to not mention LIBRE's recent trip to Berlin! Back in October 2014, Molly Marino, LIBRE staff member and current PhD candidate, flew across the Atlantic to represent LIBRE at the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) Annual Conference. The theme of the conference was Quality of Life: Advancing Measurement Science and Transforming Healthcare.

During the conference, Molly presented a poster describing the conceptual model we're using to guide the LIBRE project and the development of items that will be included in the LIBRE questionnaire. This poster shows, in brief, our analysis from an extensive literature review and the amazing feedback we received from our focus groups and interviews with burn survivors and clinicians.

While Molly had a great time at the conference - attending talks and showing off LIBRE's work - she also managed to fit in some time to see some of the beautiful city that is Berlin. We count ourselves fortunate that we can travel to such great places to share LIBRE with others!



World Burn Congress Success!

October 31st, 2014 in Libre Blog, Uncategorized.

Walk of Remembrance

Opening Ceremony - Walk of Remembrance

We just got back in the office from a few days in sunny Anaheim, CA attending the Phoenix World Burn Congress (WBC).  We're still exhausted from an exhilarating few days meeting burn survivors, hearing amazing survivor stories, conducting surveys, and grabbing some California sun.

This conference marked the official beginning of the second phase of the LIBRE project! During this phase, burn survivors are filling out an early version of the LIBRE survey.  The positive response we received from burn survivors at Phoenix WBC concerning the LIBRE project absolutely floored us.

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$417 Raised for the Phoneix Society through Completed Surveys

We completed more surveys in 2 days at Phoenix WBC than we ever felt possible -  70 surveys were completed by burn survivors! Additionally, we made countless contacts with people willing to fill in the surveys from home.

For each survey completed and contact obtained during Phoenix WBC, money was donated to the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. We're proud to announce that in total, $417 was donated to the Phoenix Society! Who knew so much could be accomplished in such a short period of time?


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LIBRE Investigators: Lewis Kazis, ScD; Amy Acton, RN, BSN; Colleen Ryan, MD, FACS

In addition to completing surveys, we had some amazing moments connecting with burn survivors at the conference. We all left the congress with the deeply felt belief that Phoenix WBC is really a very special event filled with amazing, loving, passionate people. We can't wait to go back next year!

Now we're back to Fall and back to Boston, where we'll be following up with the amazing contacts we made in Anaheim. We'll also be continuing to conduct surveys for the next year, so if you're interested in participating in a survey, feel free to contact us.

Oh and don't worry, we did manage to bring a little Californian sun back with us.


Drs. Kazis and Ryan Present on the Burn Outcomes Questionnaires (BOQ)

September 12th, 2014 in Libre Blog, Uncategorized.

Dr. Lewis Kazis

Dr. Lewis Kazis

Drs. Lewis Kazis, Principal Investigator, and Colleen Ryan, co-investigator of the LIBRE project, presented at the Kaiser Permanente Population Health Strategy Webinar on August 28, 2014. Their presentation highlighted some of the excellent work they have done over the past decade to improve the care received by burn survivors.

Drs. Kazis and Ryan spoke about the Burn Outcomes Questionnaires (BOQ) they developed to track the physical, emotional, and social recovery of children and young adults with burn injuries.  The results from this survey provide feedback to the burn survivor, their family and their clinicians on the progress of the burn survivor’s recovery.

Dr. Colleen Ryan

Dr. Colleen Ryan

A burn survivor’s results on the survey can be compared to burn survivors similar to themselves to see how they are doing on their path to recovery. This helps clinicians focus on areas where a burn survivor may be having more trouble in order to improve the quality of care and quality of life of the burn survivor.

The BOQ surveys, discussed in this presentation, have laid the ground work for what the LIBRE project is now developing for adult burn survivors.  Use the links below to watch the presentation or to view the presentation slides.

The presentation will also be archived on our Publications & Presentations page.

Watch the Webinar

To watch the full webinar presentation, click here.  Use the time bar at the bottom of the webinar to skip the introductions and go right to the presentation:

  • 09:28: Dr. Kazis -  using the BOQ with children and clinical trials
  • 27:40: Dr. Ryan - using the BOQ with young adults and clinical applications

View the Presentation Slides

Kaiser Premanente Presentation Slides

LIBRE at 9th Annual New England Walk for Burn Survivors

September 8th, 2014 in Libre Blog, Uncategorized.

Saturday was a beautiful day in Boston for the 9th Annual New England Walk for Burn Survivors put on by the Burn Survivors of New England (BSoFNE). A team from the LIBRE project attended the gorgeous walk around the Charles River to support the great work of our friends at the BSoFNE.

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The walk raised a little over $14,000 which will be used to help send burn survivors to this years World Burn Congress in Anaheim, CA and to support the many BSoFNE burn survivor programs. The BSoFNE supports the mission of the Phoenix Society by promoting peer support to burn survivors, fundraising and special events.

We're happy to report that we enjoyed good sun, good friends, and delicious food donated by Jacob Wirth, a favorite Boston restaurant. Our faithful canine companion, Nacho,  also enjoyed taking a dip in the river!

BSOFNE Walkathon resizedNacho, Flor, Rene, Melinda, Marina, Lewis

Interviews Complete!

August 27th, 2014 in Libre Blog, Uncategorized.

We have just completed the last of our interviews for this phase of the LIBRE project, and we couldn't be happier! The feedback and insight we received on the questions we hope to include in the LIBRE measurement tool was wonderful.

We're also so grateful for the interest of the burn survivor community and the willingness to participate in our interviews. Your help will make the LIBRE tool  accurately measure the social recovery of burn survivors. So thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in an interview!

Of course the fun never stops at LIBRE headquarters. We’re already starting to analyze the results from these interviews and are deep into planning for the next phase.

If you didn't have a chance to provide feedback on LIBRE in our focus groups or interviews, there will be more opportunities coming up very soon. So stay tuned for more LIBRE activities!

Interviews Almost Complete: Only a Few More Burn Surivors Needed!

August 7th, 2014 in Libre Blog, Uncategorized.

We've busy over at the LIBRE project, completing interviews with some amazing burn survivors. The interest from burn survivors in our project has blown us away and we feel so fortunate for the insightful, honest feedback we've received so far in these interviews.

That being said, we can still take a few more burn survivors to conduct interviews! We're hoping to finish interviews by the end of August. If you're interested in participating, you can find more information on the Become Involved page and contact us if you'd like to participant.

Burn Survivor Interviews Have Begun

May 22nd, 2014 in Libre Blog, Uncategorized.

LIBRE is currently recruiting burn survivors to take part in one-on-one interviews.  Participants will test questions that may be included in the final LIBRE measurement tool. See here for more details.

4 Focus Groups Completed!

May 22nd, 2014 in Libre Blog, Uncategorized.

During March 2014, LIBRE held 4 focus groups with burn survivors and clinicians. Feedback provided by these focus groups is currently being used to help develop the LIBRE measurement tool. This ensures that the questions asked in tool accurately reflect the burn recovery experience.

A great deal of gratitude goes out to everyone who participated in our focus groups! It is only through the help and support of the burn community that the LIBRE tool can be a success.

Lewis Kazis Gives Presentation at ABA Meeting

March 25th, 2014 in Libre Blog, Uncategorized.

In March 2014, Lewis Kazis, ScD, principal investigator for the LIBRE project, presented an overview of LIBRE’s measurement tool at the American Burn Association Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.  To see a copy of the presentations go here.