FREE TO NON-PROFIT USERS
Easily available to clinicians and researchers

SHORT INDEPENDENTLY FUNCTIONING SCALES
Choice of scales customizable for different needs

MEASURING WHAT MATTERS TO PATIENTS
Appearance, quality of life, adverse effects

USED WIDELY AROUND THE WORLD
Available in multiple languages

STRONG PSYCHOMETRIC PERFORMANCE
Rigorously developed and sensitive to clinical change

ACNE-Q

MEASURING WHAT MATTERS TO PATIENTS

CUSTOMIZABLE FOR DIFFERENT NEEDS

ACNE-Q is designed to provide clinicians and researchers with the ability to tailor their own version of the questionnaire to suit their needs.

ACNE-Q is for adolescents and adults with acne or acne scarring. The ACNE-Q has 7 scales that measure appearance (of facial, back and chest acne, skin and acne scars), acne-related symptoms and appearance-related distress.

Advancing Knowledge &
Improving Health Outcomes

Research

ACNE-Q was field-tested with 256 patients in 2 countries.

Industry

Can be used in international clinical trials to test different treatments for acne and acne scars.

Benchmarking

Could be used to benchmark outcomes in quality improvement initiatives

Patient Care

Designed using a modern psychometric approach to facilitate use in patient care.

Basic Scale Structure

The ACNE-Q conceptual framework was developed from 21 patient interviews. The analysis led to the identification of 3 top-level domains: Appearance Concerns, Acne Symptoms, and Psychosocial Concerns. The item pool developed from the qualitative dataset was used to design 7 scales.

APPEARANCE

The ACNE-Q includes 5 appearane scales that measure facial, back and chest acne, acne scars and facial skin.

SCAR

The ACNE-Q includes a short scale that measures acne-specific symptoms.

PSYCHOSOCIAL

The ACNE-Q includes a scale that measures how often someone behaves or feels a certain way about how they look.

ACNE-Q

APPEARANCE SYMPTOMS PSYCHOSOCIAL
Acne Scars Back Acne Acne Symptoms Appearance-Related Distress
Chest Acne Facial Acne
Facial Skin

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Publications

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ACNE-Q DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION PUBLICATIONS

  1. Klassen AF, Lipner S, O’Malley M, Longmire NM, Cano SJ, Breitkopf T, Rae C, Zhang YL, Pusic AL. Development of a New Patient-Reported Outcome Measure to Evaluate Treatments for Acne and Acne Scarring: The ACNE-Q. Br J Dermatol. 2019 Apri 12. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Longmire NM, Breitkopf T, Piplani B, Pusic AL, O’Malley M, Lipner S, Wong Riff K, Klassen AF. ACNE-Q is a New Patient Reported Outcome Instrument that Measures Appearance-Related Concerns. Qual Life Res 2017;26:136.

Our Team

Dr Anne Klassen

Dr Anne Klassen

McMaster University, Canada
Dr Andrea Pusic

Dr Andrea Pusic

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA

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