The DAS59 and DAS24 are being used internationally in a variety of research and clinical contexts. Some of these are detailed below:
Ben Rosser completes PhD research using DAS24
Ben’s work, at the Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England, Bristol, focussed on attentional processes in appearance distress. See downloadable files for one of the studies comprising this work.
Aly Bessell completes PhD research using DAS24
Aly, also at the Centre for Appearance Research, developed an online measure for supporting individuals with appearance distress, FaceIT. She has used the DAS24 to evaluate therapeutic outcomes. She demonstrated a successful outcome for this intervention, in that users improve as much as in face to face sessions, and significantly more than controls, immediately post intervention and at three, six and twelve months.
Kythera Biopharmaceuticals are using the DAS24 in an international trial of a new treatment they have developed.
Healing Foundation Project
The Healing Foundation have provided £500,000 to fund a large multi-centre study into psychosocial adjustment to visible differences of appearance, coordinated from the Centre For Appearance Research at UWE(Bristol), UK. The DAS24 is the main outcome measure of adjustment in this work. The project web site at CAR is http://hls.uwe.ac.uk/research/healing-foundation-project.aspxHealing Foundation. The principal investigator is Professor Nichola Rumsey. Dr Tim Moss is part of the project team, along with colleagues from UWE, University College London, Warwick University, Sheffield University, Bradford University and the Royal Free Hospital London.
The Scottish Bell’s Palsy Study
Dr Fergus Daley is conducting a large Scottish study of the impact of Bell’s Palsy, and is using the DAS59 as one of his outcome variables. The Scottish Bell’s Palsy Study (SBPS) is a randomized clinical trial (RCT) funded by the NHS and running throughout Scotland during 2003–2006 with patient recruitment from Spring 2004 to Autumn 2005. The project web site is Scottish Bells Palsy Study
French translation project
Doctor Matthieu Lafaurie , infectious diseases specialist, Saint Louis Hospital, Paris, France is coordinating a project to translate the DAS59 into French. Dr Lafaurie’s ultimate aim is to be able to meaningfully assess the efficacy of two filling compounds for treatment of facial lipoatrophy in HIV infected people.
Japanese translation project
We are very pleased to be collaborating with colleagues in Japan, to produce a Japanese translation of the DAS. Careful back-translation processes and piloting on potential users are ensuring a meaningful translation of the content of the DAS, and larger scale clinical and non-clinical trials will follow. The project is headed by Dr Nobuaki Imanishi, Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, Keio University, Japan
Spanish work using the DAS 24
Two current projects using the DAS are underway in Spain, examining interventions for HIV/AIDS with Clinical Institute of Neurosciences, Hospital Clínic of Barcelona (Dr Jordi Blanch and Dr Aricaceli Rousaud) , and dysmorphophobia with the Hospital Clinico San Carlos, Madrid (with Dr Marta Narvas).
Prospective psychology outcome study of plastic surgery
We have data from what we believe is the first prospective study of psychological outcome of plastic surgery using surgical controls. Findings are presented at the 2006 “Appearance Matters” conference, the slides for which are available on the downloads page. A write up of this work was published in recently – see the downloads page.