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Grants We Funded

In 2019, The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) awarded 33 investigator-initiated projects and allocated $891,274 to support the newest, clinically relevant research in plastic surgery.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons/PSF leadership is committed to continuing to provide high levels of investigator-initiated research support to ensure that plastic surgeons have the needed research resources to be pioneers and innovators in advancing the practice of medicine.

Research Abstracts

Search The PSF database to have easy access to full-text grant abstracts from past PSF-funded research projects 2003 to present. All abstracts are the work of the Principal Investigators and were retrieved from their PSF grant applications. Several different filters may be applied to locate abstracts specific to a particular focus area, or PSF funding mechanism.

Development of an Interactive, Mutli-media Educational Program To Address Patient Expectations About Breast Reconstruction

Principal Investigator
Colleen McCarthy MD

Year
2008

Institution
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Funding Mechanism
National Endowment

Focus Area
Breast (Cosmetic/Reconstructive)

Abstract
Numerous studies in other surgical disciplines have demonstrated that the most important predictor of patient satisfaction is patients' preoperative expectations. Thus, in order to maximize patient satisfaction with postmastectomy breast reconstruction. Surgeons must be able to improve patients' understanding of what may realistically be expected from surgery. Existing educational tools for breast reconstruction patients focus on reconstructive techniques and potential complications, but do not typically address patients' expectations. By focusing on concerns that are important to the surgeon, current teaching fails to address those issues that are most significant to the patient. For example, unilateral implant reconstruction patients may be disconcerted to discover that breast symmetry may only be achieved when wearing a bra. Similarly, a patient may look forward to nipple reconstruction without realizing that sensation will not be restored. On the other hand, educational materials and teaching modules that respond to patient-derived expectations can uncover problems that have been overlooked or considered irrelevant by the surgeon. Thus, educational programs must instead address patient-derived expectations and include issues that are important to both breast reconstruction patients and their surgeons. The objective of this project is thus to: 1. Develop an interactive, web-based, multimedia educational program to address patient expectations about breast reconstruction; and, 2. Pilot the interactive program on a representative sample of preoperative breast reconstruction patients to clarify ambiguities and ensure acceptability. Future NCI grant funding will be sought to formally evaluate the program's efficacy in addressing patient expectations and, ultimately, improving patient satisfaction with postmastectomy reconstruction.