European Journal of Plastic Surgery

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 109–118 | Cite as

Patient-reported outcome measures following gynecomastia correction: a systematic review

  • Mauro Barone
  • Annalisa Cogliandro
  • Marco Morelli Coppola
  • Gabriella Cassotta
  • Nicola Di Stefano
  • Vittoradolfo Tambone
  • Paolo Persichetti



A patient's perspective is usually measured by patient-reported outcome instruments, which are becoming increasingly relevant to current research on clinical outcomes. The aims of our review were to identify studies that evaluated patient satisfaction after gynecomastia correction, analyze existing questionnaires, and summarize the development, psychometric properties and content of the questionnaires.


A multistep search of the web-based PubMed database was performed. Each potential study was examined by 2 independent reviewers for adherence to inclusion/exclusion criteria. The identified studies were categorized by title, authors, date, study type, number of patients, surgical procedures, complications, mean age, mean duration of follow-up, and outcome measurements. We summarized all the questionnaires used.


Our search generated a total of 711 articles; we selected 28 studies for further appraisal. Eight studies were excluded based on the content of the abstracts, and an additional 8 studies were excluded based on the content of the complete article. Thus, we performed a systematic review of the 12 remaining studies. All studies identified from the literature review were assessed to determine the type of surgery used and whether or not the questionnaire used to analyze patient satisfaction had been validated. A total of 847 patients were included in these studies, which reported more than 100 complications.


The rate of patient satisfaction was high, although most studies did not use validated or quantifiable evaluation methods for assessment of satisfaction. A new self-assessment tool, which should include functional, psycho-relational, and cosmetic components, is needed to measure satisfaction and quality of life in patients who have undergone gynecomastia correction.

Level of Evidence: Level III, therapeutic study


Gynecomastia Body image Patient-reported outcome Questionnaire Plastic surgery Quality of life Satisfaction 


Compliance with ethical standards



Conflict of interest

Mauro Barone, A. Cogliandro, M. Morelli Coppola, G. Cassotta, N. Di Stefano, V. Tambone, and P. Persichetti declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Informed consent

Informed consent was not required because this was a review study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mauro Barone
    • 1
  • Annalisa Cogliandro
    • 1
  • Marco Morelli Coppola
    • 1
  • Gabriella Cassotta
    • 1
  • Nicola Di Stefano
    • 2
  • Vittoradolfo Tambone
    • 2
  • Paolo Persichetti
    • 1
  1. 1.Unit of Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, Department of MedicineCampus Bio-Medico University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Institute of Philosophy of Scientific and Technological PracticeCampus Bio-Medico University of RomeRomeItaly

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