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BODY-Q

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

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SHORT INDEPENDENTLY FUNCTIONING SCALES
Choice of scales customizable for different needs

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

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USED WIDELY AROUND THE WORLD
Available in multiple languages

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STRONG PSYCHOMETRIC PERFORMANCE
Rigorously developed and sensitive to clinical change

MEASURING WHAT MATTERS TO PATIENTS

CUSTOMIZABLE FOR DIFFERENT NEEDS

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

BODY-Q is for weight loss and/or body contouring. The BODY-Q is composed of 27 independently functioning scales that measure 3 overarching constructions Appearance, Quality of Life and Experience of Care.

Advancing Knowledge & Improving Health Outcomes

Research

Recommended as the most suitable PRO instrument for bariatric and body contouring surgery in systematic reviews

Industry

Can be used for international clinical trials in weight loss and body contouring.

Benchmarking

Included in UK Royal College of Surgeons national cosmetic surgery quality improvement initiative to measure outcomes for abdominoplasty and liposuction.

Patient Care

Used in bariatric and body contouring programs in Denmark and The Netherlands.

SCALE STRUCTURE

The BODY-Q measures 3 overarching domains: Appearance, Quality of Life and Experience of Care. The conceptual framework shown below was developed from qualitative interviews with 85 patients, careful examination of the research literature and engagement with 9 clinical experts. The BODY-Q was field-tested in an international sample of 403 patients undergoing weight-loss and 331 patients who were pre- or post-body contouring.g.

APPEARANCE

The BODY-Q includes 13 appearance scales that measure satisfaction with the body overall and specific parts of the body in terms of size, shape, dressed, naked, in photos, etc. A subset of scales measures how bothered someone is by negative appearance issues including stretch marks, excess skin and body contouring scars.

QUALITY OF LIFE

The BODY-Q includes 10 quality of life scales. For screening purposes, the BODY-Q has scales that measure expectations on how appearance and quality of life might change after treatment and appearance-related distress. The BODY-Q measures important outcomes in weight loss and body contouring, including body image and physical, social, psychological and sexual function. In addition, there are 2 scales that measure satisfaction with the decision to have treatment and the overall result of treatment.

EXPERIENCE OF CARE

The BODY-Q has a set of 4 scales that can be used as quality metrics. These scales measure satisfaction with information provided (about complications, healing and recovery time and details of the procedure) as well as the surgeon, medical team and office staff.

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PUBLICATIONS

Select a section to see list of relevant publications

BODY-Q DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION PUBLICATIONS

  1. Klassen A, Kaur M, Poulsen L, Fielding C, Geerards D, van de Grift TC, Hoogbergen M, Juhl CB, Lorenzen MM, McEvenue G, McLean H, Moliver C, Mullender MG, Panchapakesan V, Repo J, Rose M, Sorensen JA, Stoving RK, Pusic AL. Development of the BODY-Q Chest Module Evaluating Outcomes Following Chest Contouring Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 018 Aug 31. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Poulsen L, Pusic A, Robson S, Sorensen JA, Rose M, Juhl CB, Stoving RK, Andries A, Klassen AF. The BODY-Q Stretch Marks Scale: A Development and Validation Study. Aesthet Surg J. 2018 Aug 16;38(9):990-997.
  3. Lorenzen MM, Poulsen L, Bo Thomsen J, Dyrberg DL, Klassen A, Ahm Sørensen J. Danish translation and linguistic validation of the BODY-Q Chest Module. J Plast Surg Hand Surg. 2018 Sep 4:1-4. [Epub ahead of print].
  4. Poulsen L, Rose M, Klassen A, Roessler KK, Sorensen JA. Psychometric Validation of the BODY-Q in Danish Patients Undergoing Weight Loss and Body Contouring Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017 Oct 20;5(10):e1529
  5. Poulsen L, Rose M, Klassen A, Roessler KK, Sorensen JA. Danish translation and linguistic validation of the BODY-Q: a description of the process. Eur J Plast Surg. 2017;40(1):29-38.
  6. Klassen AF, Cano SJ, Kaur M, Breitkopf T, Pusic A. Further psychometric validation of the BODY-Q: ability to detect change following bariatric surgery weight gain and loss. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2017 Nov 25;15(1):227
  7. Klassen AF, Cano SJ, Alderman A, East C, Badia L, Baker SB, Robson S, Pusic AL. Self-Report Scales to Measure Expectations and Appearance-Related Psychosocial Distress in Patients Seeking Cosmetic Treatments. Aesthet Surg J. 2016;36(9):1068-78.
  8. Klassen AF, Cano SJ, Alderman A, Soldin M, Thoma A, Robson S, Kaur M, Papas A, Van Laeken N, Taylor VH, Pusic AL. The BODY-Q: A Patient-Reported Outcome Instrument for Weight Loss and Body Contouring Treatments. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2016;4(4):e679.
  9. Klassen AF, Cano SJ, Scott A, Tsangaris E, Pusic AL. Assessing outcomes in body contouring. Clin Plast Surg. 2014;41(4):645-654.
  10. Klassen AF, Cano SJ, Scott A, Johnson J, Pusic AL. 11. Satisfaction and quality-of-life issues in body contouring surgery patients: a qualitative study. Obese Surg. 2012;22(10):1527-1534.
  11. Reavey PL, Klassen AF, Cano SJ, McCarthy C, Scott A, Rubin JP, et al. Measuring quality of life and patient satisfaction after body contouring: a systematic review of patient-reported outcome measures. Aesthet Surg J. 2011;31(7):807-813.

OTHER BODY-Q PUBLICATIONS

  1. Van de Grift TC, Elfering L, Greijdanus M, Smit JM, Bouman M, Klassen AF, Mullender MG. Subcutaneous Mastectomy Improves Satisfaction with the Body and Psychosocial Function in Transmen: Findings of the BODY-Q Chest Module. Plast Reconstr Surg. In press.
  2. Klassen AF, Kaur M, Breitkopf T, Thoma A, Cano S, Pusic A. Using the BODY-Q to Understand Impact of Weight Loss, Excess Skin and the Need for Body Contouring Following Bariatric Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 Mar 28. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Poulsen L, Klassen A, Rose M, Roessler KK, Juhl CB, Støving RK, Sørensen JA. Patient-Reported Outcomes in Weight Loss and Body Contouring Surgery: A Cross-Sectional Analysis Using the BODY-Q. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Sep;140(3):491-500.
  4. Poulsen L, Klassen A, Jhanwar S, Pusic A, Roessler KK, Rose M, Sørensen JA. Patient Expectations of Bariatric and Body Contouring Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2016 Apr 25;4(4):e694.
  5. de Vries CEE, Kalff MC, Prinsen CAC, Coulman KD, den Haan C, Welbourn R, Blazeby JM, Morton JM, van Wagensveld BA. Recommendations on the most suitable quality-of-life measurement instruments for bariatric and body contouring surgery: a systematic review. Obes Rev. 2018 Jun 8. [Epub ahead of print]
  6. Barone M, Cogliandro A, Salzillo R, Tambone V, Persichetti P. Patient-Reported Satisfaction Following Post-bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2018 Jun 12. doi: 10.1007/s00266-018-1146-6. [Epub ahead of print]
  7. Voineskos SH, Nelson JA, Klassen AF, Pusic AL. Measuring Patient-Reported Outcomes: Key Metrics in Reconstructive Surgery. Annu Rev Med. 2018 Jan 29;69:467-479.

OUR TEAM

Dr Anne Klassen

Dr Anne Klassen

McMaster University, Canada
Dr Andrea Pusic

Dr Andrea Pusic

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA
Dr Stefan Cano

Dr Stefan Cano

Modus Outcomes, UK
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