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SCAR-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

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.

Advancing Knowledge & Improving Health Outcomes

Research

SCAR-Q was field-tested with 731 surgical, traumatic and burn scars in 4 countries.

Industry

Can be used in international clinical trials to test different scar therapies.

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.

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.

SCAR APPEARANCE

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).

SCAR SYMPTOMS

This scale measures how bothered someone is by scar symptoms such as the scar feeling itchy, painful, tight, etc.

PSYCHOSOCIAL IMPACT

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.

SCAR-Q

APPEARANCE
  • Scar Appearance
SYMPTOMS
  • Scar Symptoms
PSYCHOSOCIAL
  • Psychosocial Impact

Publications

Select a section to see list of relevant publications

SCAR-Q DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION PUBLICATIONS

  1. Klassen AF, Ziolkowski N, Mundy LR, Miller HC, McIlvride A, DiLaura A, Fish J, Pusic AL. Development of a New Patient-reported Outcome Instrument to Evaluate Treatments for Scars: The SCAR-Q. Plast Reconstr Surg Global Open 2018 April; 6(4):pe1672

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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