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Development of a Cosmetic Procedure Screening Questionnaire (COPS) for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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David Veale, N. Ellison, T. G. Werner, R. Dodhia, M. A. Serfaty, A. Clarke

Original languageEnglish
Article numberN/A
Pages (from-to)530 - 532
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Issue number4
PublishedApr 2012


  • 33_COPS_for_BDD_2011_short.pdf

    33_COPS_for_BDD_2011_short.pdf, 245 KB, application/pdf

  • 33a_COPS_9_item.pdf

    33a_COPS_9_item.pdf, 29.8 KB, application/pdf

    Version:Submitted manuscript

  • 33c_COPS_BIQ_weekly.pdf

    33c_COPS_BIQ_weekly.pdf, 65.4 KB, application/pdf

    Version:Submitted manuscript

  • Development of a Cosmetic Procedure Screening Questionnaire (COPS) for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

    33A_COPS_for_BDD_2012_ACCEPTED.pdf, 127 KB, application/pdf

    Uploaded date:21 Jul 2015

    Version:Accepted author manuscript

    NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication.

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Guidelines recommend screening patients for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) prior to cosmetic surgery to identify those who may require further psychological assessment1 but there are few validated instruments available. The aim of the current study was therefore to develop a screening questionnaire that (a) was brief, free to download and could identify people with BDD, (b) might predict either dissatisfaction with a cosmetic procedure or no change or deterioration in symptoms of BDD, and (c) may be sensitive to change after an intervention. The new scale was informed by the diagnostic criteria, expert opinion and a previous study that compared patients satisfied with cosmetic rhinoplasty with BDD patients who craved rhinoplasty but had not been able to obtain it.2

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