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

Assessing Outcomes in Body Contouring


Assessing Outcomes in Body Contouring

Anne F Klassen et al. Clin Plast Surg. .


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.

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