SCAR-Q is designed to provide clinicians and researchers with the ability to tailor their own version of the questionnaire to suit their needs.
The SCAR-Q is for children aged 8 years and older and adults with surgical, traumatic and burns scars. The SCAR-Q has 3 scales that measure scar Appearance, Scar Symptoms and Psychosocial Impact.
Basic Scale Structure
The SCAR-Q conceptual framework was developed from information about scars provided by 52 children and 192 adults who took part in interviews to develop BREAST-Q, FACE-Q, BODY-Q and CLEFT-Q. The analysis led to the identification of 3 key domains for which scales were developed: scar appearance, scar symptoms and psychosocial impact. SCAR-Q was refined with feedback from 25 adults and 20 children as well as 27 clinical experts. The field-test study included an international sample of 731 patients from 4 countries.
This scale measures scar appearance in terms of a range of characteristics of a scar, including the size, colour, contour, visibility and how it looks in scenarios (e.g., up close).
This scale measures how bothered someone is by scar symptoms such as the scar feeling itchy, painful, tight, etc.
This scale measures the psychosocial impact of having a scar, including feeling self-conscious, unhappy or embarrassed about the scar or covering up the scar.
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"If the operation and disease-specific Body-Q were to become the standard in bariatric surgery, we could conduct epidemiological-level studies to better examine the psychosocial implications of surgery..."