Correspondence and communication| Volume 65, ISSUE 12, P1749-1750, December 2012

Cosmetic procedures screening (COPS)

Published:August 06, 2012DOI:
      I should like to thank Dr Riml and Professor Kompatscher for their interest in our study.
      • Veale D.
      • Ellison N.
      • Werner T.G.
      • et al.
      Development of a Cosmetic Procedure Screening Questionnaire (COPS) for body dysmorphic disorder.
      I would like to emphasize that the COPS is designed as a screening instrument for body dysmorphic disorder and as an outcome measure after any intervention. If someone scores 40 or above and he or she has a feature which is not that noticeable or abnormal then it is advisable to conduct a more detailed assessment to establish a diagnosis of BDD. A structured diagnostic interview for BDD might include:
      • (1)
        Do you currently think a lot about the feature(s) you dislike?
      • If yes: On a typical day, how many hour(s) do you spend thinking about your feature(s)? (Is your preoccupation focussed mainly on the feature that you want altered?)
      • (2)
        Does thinking about your feature(s) cause you a lot of distress?
      • (3)
        How often do you check your feature(s) (either directly or reflective surfaces?)
      • (4)
        Has your feature(s) interfered with your ability to work, study, or your role as a homemaker? (How much time off work or college have you had because of this problem?
      • (5)
        Does your feature prevent you from doing anything in your social life? (Do you try to avoid situations because of your feature?)
      • (6)
        Does your feature(s) have an effect on dating or your ability to form an intimate relationship? Or does your feature effect your relationship with a current partner?)
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      • Diagnosis of body dysmorphic disorder
        Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic SurgeryVol. 65Issue 12
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          We have read the article “Development of a Cosmetic Procedure Screening Questionnaire (COPS) for Body Dysmorphic Disorder”1 with great interest. We congratulate the authors for addressing such an interesting and important topic.
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