Recommended as the most suitable PRO instrument for bariatric and body contouring surgery in a systematic review.
BODY-Q scales were developed from concept elicitation interviews with people undergoing weight loss treatments and body contouring to remove excess skin after massive weight loss and for cosmetic reasons. The BODY-Q was then field-tested in an international sample of patients.
The BODY-Q includes an obesity-specific symptom checklist and 29 independently functioning scales that measure 4 overarching domains. The variety of scales provides flexibility to choose the subset of scales best suited to measure the outcomes of interest in any given study or clinical situation.
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Can be used for international clinical trials in weight loss and body contouring.
Included in the UK Royal College of Surgeons cosmetic surgery quality improvement initiative to measure outcomes for specific procedures.
Used in bariatric and body contouring programs to inform clinical care.
The BODY-Q is a rigorously designed patient-reported outcome measure that can be used to evaluate outcomes for obesity, weight loss treatments (e.g., diet, exercise, and bariatric surgery/medicine), and body contouring to remove excess skin after massive weight loss and for cosmetic reasons. The BODY-Q measures 4 overarching domains. Each domain includes 4 or more independently functioning scales. Clinicians and researchers are able to administer the subset of scales relevant to their situation.
Nine scales measure satisfaction with how the body and specific parts of the body (e.g., abdomen, arms, chest) look. Four scales measures how bothered someone is by the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, excess skin and body contouring scars. New scales measure the décolletage and belly button.