The BREAST-Q is a breast surgery specific PROM that was developed in adherence with international guidelines for PRO instruments to assess patients’ satisfaction, health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and experience of their care which was developed in 2009.
This is a PROM that measures HRQol and patient satisfaction in the context of breast surgery (mastectomy, reconstruction, breast conservation, augmentation, reduction).
Currently, the BREAST-Q includes augmentation, reduction (mastopexy), and breast cancer-related modules. Moreover, this PROM is continuing to evolve with time and experience as an additional, so-called “health utility module” is in development.
There are currently 6 BREAST-Q modules. The Breast Cancer module (comprised of 4 of the 6 modules) is designed to provide clinicians and researchers the ability to tailor their own version of the questionnaire to suit their individual needs. Each module is divided into multiple scales that can be used independently (Q-Portfolio.org). 2
The scales are psychometrically linked across the various modules and patient treatment groups, and can thus be used for comparison between different patient groups.
- Breast Cancer
- Mastectomy Module
- Reconstruction Module
- Breast Reconstruction Expectations Module
- Breast-Conserving Therapy (BCT) Module
The BREAST-Q is a self-administered questionnaire. Each scale takes 1-4 minutes to complete and an entire BREAST-Q module can be completed in about 10-15 minutes.3