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Women’s Quality of Life and Satisfaction with Breasts: Developing Normative Data for the BREAST-Q

Carolyn L. Kerrigan, MD, MHCDS, from the Section of Plastic Surgery within the Department of Surgery at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Study abstract

In order to generate normative data on women’s satisfaction and health-related quality of life related to breasts the research team will have women without a history of breast cancer or breast surgery complete the pre-operative modules of the BREAST-Q. The BREAST-Q is one of the most widely used and rigorously designed instruments to assess patient-reported outcomes in breast surgery. There are five separate modules of the BREAST-Q, each one designed for one of the following patient groups: women with breast cancer undergoing 1) mastectomy, 2) breast-conserving therapy, and 3) breast reconstruction, as well as women undergoing breast symmetrizing procedures 4) breast reduction and 5) breast augmentation. There are three common pre-operative questionnaires (breast cancer, breast reduction and breast augmentation), each of which is completed in approximately 10 minutes. The study will be completed in three phases, with each phase dedicated to a separate pre-operative questionnaire, with a goal of 500 surveys completed in each phase. In addition, demographic information and questions regarding body and breast size will be requested from each participant.

Study review

This study at Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, is gathering data on breast satisfaction and quality of life in women who are not about to have breast surgery. These responses will be used as “normal” data to help researchers study breast satisfaction and quality of life in women who are about to have breast surgery. The researchers turned to the Army of Women (AOW) to enroll up to 3600 volunteers from anywhere in the US. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on Aug. 19, 2015. The researchers closed enrollment on Nov. 19, 2015, after the AOW provided them with 4326 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

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