Accession Number : ADA314954

Title :   Michigan Breast Reconstruction Outcome Study.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 20 Jun 95-19 Jun 96,

Corporate Author : MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR

Personal Author(s) : Wilkins, Edwin G.

PDF Url : ADA314954

Report Date : JUL 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 50

Abstract : The objective of the study is to compare the long term outcomes of two common techniques of post-mastectomy breast reconstruction: tissue expansion/breast implants and transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous (TRAM) flaps. This four year prospective study will adapt existing instruments and formulate new methodologies to assess outcomes in five categories: complication rates, aesthetic results, functional results, psychosocial status and costs. Study results will provide information to patients, providers, and payers for determining the procedure of choice. The research will establish standardized methods for evaluation of breast reconstruction results in future studies, and initial data can be used for long term analysis of breast reconstruction outcomes. Patients will be followed for a minimum of two years from reconstruction. Measurements of outcome variables will be obtained prior to reconstruction and at annual intervals starting one year after the procedure. Instruments will include questionnaires, physical testing, evaluation of digitized photographs, and analysis of billing and hospital record data. This approach will identify the cumulative effects of reconstruction on some outcome measures (e.g. complications and costs) and will help determine the earliest time point at which other outcomes stabilize (e.g. functional, aesthetic and psychosocial status).

Descriptors :   *BREAST CANCER, DATA BASES, FUNCTIONS, TISSUES(BIOLOGY), ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), HUMANS, STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), CLINICAL MEDICINE, COSTS, FEAR, EXPANSION, WOMEN, SURGICAL IMPLANTATION, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), ADJUSTMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, ANXIETY, EMOTIONS, FRUSTRATION.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE