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Grants We Funded

Grant applicants for the 2023 cycle requested a total of nearly $4 million dollars. The PSF Study Section Subcommittees of Basic & Translational Research and Clinical Research evaluated nearly 140 grant applications on the following topics:

The PSF awarded research grants totaling over $1 million dollars to support nearly 30 plastic surgery research proposals.

ASPS/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.

The Brief MHQ: Conceptual Development and Application for MOC

Principal Investigator
Kevin Chung MD, MS


The Regents of the University of Michigan

Funding Mechanism
National Endowment for Plastic Surgery Grant

Focus Area
Hand or Upper Extremity

Since the development of the Michigan Hand Outcomes Questionnaire (MHQ) in 1998, this questionnaire has become the dominate outcomes tool in hand surgery in the US and around the world. Over 100 presentations and publications have used the MHQ as the outcomes tool in research for a variety of upper extremity problems. However, its application for assessment of plastic surgery practices with regard to hand surgery procedures is uncertain. Because the comprehensiveness of the 37-item MHQ can be time consuming for routine evaluation of outcomes of medical practices, there is a need for a brief questionnaire that can be administered to patients as part of the routine intake history examination. A brief questionnaire can be used to track outcomes of a practice but also to potentially satisfy the part 4 module of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for performance in practice using patient surveys.

In this project, we will use existing prospective data sets in applying the MHQ for item reduction to develop a reliable and valid brief-MHQ that follows the standard protocol for this process. The newly created brief MHQ will be field tested on over 300 consecutive patients with upper extremity disorders in order to test this questionnaire for validity and responsiveness to clinical change and more importantly, applicability for routine administration to track patients' outcomes.

First Place Clinical Research Senior Category - Dr Kevin C. Chung is a hand and upper extremity surgeon who is Professor of Surgery and an Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is a Director for the American Board of Plastic Surgery and serves as a board member for ASPS/PSEF. He is the Deputy Editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery and is the Section Editor on Outcomes Research for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.