Assessing Outcomes in Body Contouring Academic Article uri icon

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  • 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.


  • Klassen, Anne
  • Cano, Stefan J
  • Scott, Amie
  • Tsangaris, Elena
  • Pusic, Andrea L

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  • October 2014