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Measuring Cosmetic Features

Patient-Reported Outcome Scales: Is a Reliable and Valid Scale Available?

Minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are increasing in frequency in the United States. The development of patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments are needed to ensure that patient’s voices are heard in regard to their perception of whether new aesthetic product or intervention have benefits. The FACE-Q instrument includes more than 40 scales and checklists designed to measure appearance, adverse effects, health-related quality of life, and experience of health care.

A recent article in JAMA Dermatology described the set of the FACE-Q scales and checklists that can be used to evaluate minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. The report detailed the psychometric findings for 8 appearance scales designed to evaluate skin, lips, and facial rhytids (overall, forehead, glabella, lateral periorbital area, lips, and marionette lines) and 2 checklists designed to measure adverse effects for skin and lip treatment. To date, the FACE-Q is currently the only PRO instrument that includes scales that measure facial appearance. A total of 503 of 558 patients invited to participate in the study completed a FACE-Q booklet that contained 1 or more of the scales.

The article provided evidence of the reliability and validity of the FACE-Q scales. The FACE-Q provides the research community and physicians with a PRO instrument they can use to include patients in the assessment of outcomes.

Byline: Martha L. Sikes, MS, RPh, PA-C

Posted: April 18, 2016

Source: JAMA Dermatology
Adapted from the original article.

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