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Because of its subjective nature and poor correlation with observer-rated measures of disfigurement, head and neck cancer-related body image disturbance is optimally measured by a patient-reported outcome measure (PROM). To address the lack of psychometrically sound PROMs that could be used to provide a comprehensive assessment of HNC-related BID, we developed the IMAGE-HN (Inventory to Measure and Assess imaGe disturbancE–Head & Neck). IMAGE-HN is a novel, multidomain PROM for the assessment of HNC-related body image concerns in the clinical and research settings that was developed using rigorous psychometric methods and following the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) methodology.

The IMAGE-HN is a psychometrically sound 24-item PROM of head and neck cancer-related body image disturbance consisting of a global scale and 4 subscales: (1) other-oriented appearance concerns; (2) personal dissatisfaction with appearance; (3) distress with functional impairments; (4) social avoidance and isolation. 

An IMAGE-HN score of ≥ 22 was the optimal cutoff score relative for a Body Image Scale score of ≥10 and represents a clinically relevant level of head and neck cancer-related body image distress (BID). 

Using the IMAGE-HN

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