Assessing outcomes in body contouring

Clin Plast Surg. 2014 Oct;41(4):645-54. doi: 10.1016/j.cps.2014.06.004.


Patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments are questionnaires designed to measure outcomes of importance to patients from their perspective. This article describes the methods used to develop a new PRO instrument for obese patients and patients having bariatric and cosmetic body contouring surgery. The BODY-Q is composed of 19 newly designed scales that measure: (1) appearance; (2) health-related quality of life; and (3) process of care. Recommended guidelines for PRO instrument development were followed to ensure that the BODY-Q meets requirements of regulatory bodies. The BODY-Q is currently being field-tested in an international study.

Keywords: Aesthetic surgery; BODY-Q; Bariatric surgery; Body contouring; Obesity; Outcomes; Psychometrics; Quality of life.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Cosmetic Techniques*
  • Dermatologic Surgical Procedures*
  • Esthetics
  • Humans
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Quality of Life
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Weight Loss