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The Breast Reconstruction Satisfaction Questionnaire BRECON-31©: Dimensionality, Clinimetric Properties, and Affirmative Testing

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The BRECON-31© is a patient reported outcome measure (PROM) that is specific to women who have undergone post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. The intention is to measure a woman’s satisfaction and quality of life as it relates to her breast reconstruction. Patients were involved in the generation and reduction of items, ensuring content and face validity of the questionnaire. Nine hundred and thirteen items were ultimately distilled to 31 using a variety of statistical means and principal components analysis. Eight subscales emerged, including self-image, arm concerns, intimacy, satisfaction, recovery, self-consciousness, expectations and appearance. Two additional subscales involving abdominal and nipple items, which apply to some but not all women, comprise a total of 45 questions and ten subscales. Development of the questionnaire illuminated differences between surgeons and patients in the appraisal of what constitutes a satisfactory outcome of breast reconstruction. The BRECON-31© has been affirmed in a test pool of women, and represents a valid and reliable instrument for improved outcome measurement in breast reconstruction.

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  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Patient Report Outcome Measure
  • Immediate Breast Reconstruction
  • Test Pool
  • Patient Focus Group

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McFadden, E., Temple-Oberle, C. (2016). The Breast Reconstruction Satisfaction Questionnaire BRECON-31©: Dimensionality, Clinimetric Properties, and Affirmative Testing. In: Shiffman, M. (eds) Breast Reconstruction. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-18726-6_123

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