In 2011, nearly 13 million nonsurgical cosmetic procedures were performed, representing a 6% increase from the previous year. Patients often present with unrealistic treatment expectations based on beauty industry standards and misinformation. In addition, because of the lack of competency standardization in this area, providers frequently deliver inconsistent educational information to their patients. The initial goal of the project was to evaluate the clinician-guided module, a 13-slide PowerPoint presentation that was disseminated to key stakeholders for preliminary review. A convenience sample of 10 women, aged 30–64 years, was recruited. Following exposure to the module, each participant was asked to fill out an evaluation composed of both closed- and open-ended responses, noting her experience with this type of educational tool. Quantitative data were analyzed using comparison of means, whereas qualitative data were examined for the emergence of themes. Initial findings suggested that patients and health care providers found the clinician-guided module informative and visually appealing and that they would recommend this module to peers and colleagues. Potential social change from this project may surface through increased patient knowledge and empowerment, awareness, safety, and satisfaction. The final project will compare the clinician-guided patient information module to standard patient information evaluating treatment expectations of dermal fillers. The ultimate impact of a clinician-guided information module may improve standardization in this arena and thus be of particular interest to members of the nonsurgical cosmetic community.
Hermine Jan Warren, DNP, APRN, CANS, CNM, is a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) who has been in nursing since 1974, with an advanced practice degree since 1980. She is also a certified aesthetic nurse specialist (CANS) in Southern California and an educational/clinical trainer for two top pharmaceutical companies and has maintained a clinical practice in the nonsurgical cosmetic subspecialty field since 2004.
Address correspondence to Hermine Jan Warren, DNP, APRN, CANS, CNM, Facialogy Medical, Inc., 17609 Ventura Blvd, Suite 116, Encino, CA 91316 (e-mail: email@example.com).
Conflicts of interest and source of funding: Hermine Jan Warren has received honoraria from Allergan, Inc. and Galderma as an ACE trainer and Gain trainer.