Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Anne Klassen

BA (Waterloo), DPhil (Oxford)

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Associate Member, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

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Administrative Assistant: Debra Roche
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Academic Interests

Dr. Klassen's research primarily focuses on developing, validating and using patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments to assess health and well-being of different patient groups (adult and pediatric). She holds a CIHR Mid-career award for her research in women’s health (caregiving in pediatric oncology). She is co-developer of several PRO instruments designed for use in plastic surgery, including the BREAST-Q, FACE-Q and BODY-Q. Most recently, she is leading an international study to develop the CLEFT-Q, a new PRO instrument for children with cleft lip and/or palate.

Selected Publications

    1. Klassen AF, Cano S, Scott A et al. Satisfaction and Quality of Life Issues in Body Contouring Surgery Patients: A qualitative study. Obes Surg 2012 Oct; 22(10):1527-34.
    2. Cano SJ, Klassen AF, Scott AM, Cordeiro PG, Pusic AL.  The BREAST Q©: Further validation in independent clinical samples. Plast Reconstr Surg 2012 Sept; 129:293-302. C
    3. Klassen AF, Gulati S, Watt L, Dix D, Sung L, & Shaw N. Immigrant to Canada, newcomer to childhood cancer: a qualitative study of challenges faced by immigrant parents. Psychooncology 2012 May; 21:558-62.
    4. Klassen A, Tsangaris E, Forrest CR, Wong KW, Pusic AL, Cano SJ, Syed I, Dua M, Kainth S, Johnson J, Goodacre T. Quality of life of children treated for cleft-lip and/or palate: a systematic review. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 2012 May; 65 (5): 547-57.
    5. Klassen AF, Gulati S, Granek L, Rosenberg-Yunger ZR, Watt L, Sung L, Klaassen R, Dix D, Shaw NT.Understanding the health impact of caregiving: a qualitative study of immigrant parents and single parents of children with cancer. Qual Life Res. 2012; 21:1595-605. Epub 2011 Nov 30
    6. Klassen AF, Cano SF, Scott A, Snell L, Pusic AL. Measuring patient-reported outcomes in facial aesthetic patients: development of the Face-Q. Facial Plast Surg 2010: 26:303-9. Epub 2010 Jul 27. PA

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