016 – Body dysmorphic disorder: A practice-based study

  • Chief Investigator A: A/Prof Roy Judge
  • Chief Investigator B: Dr Denise Bailey
  • Chief Investigator C: Prof David Castle
  • Chief Investigator D: Dr Andrea Philipou
  • Associate Investigator: Dr Carolina Perez Rodriguez
  • Research Collaborators: Dr Jennifer O’Connor, Meaghan Quinn


It is estimated that 15% of patients presenting for cosmetic procedures suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). BDD is characterised by obsession with an imagined flaw in physical appearance. Given the irreversible nature of most prosthodontics treatment, the biological cost, and the time and financial investment for the patient, it is prudent to try to identify individuals who may suffer from BDD before they start treatment.


  • Test and validate an adapted questionnaire integrated in the medical history form as a predictor of possible BDD symptoms for use in patients presenting for treatment in general and private prosthodontics practice setting
  • Inform and educate clinicians and patients about the meaning and significance of BDD in the clinical dental setting
  • Identify patients prior to receiving irreversible dental treatment, to allow access to more appropriate course of care

Expected outcomes

  • Raise awareness of the meaning and implications of BDD
  • Train dental practitioners to have a conversation with their patients about BDD or other mental health issues
  • Validate a questionnaire for clinicians to identify patients who present with BDD symptoms
  • Improve collaborations between dental practitioners and community psychologists
  • Develop collaboration and referral pathways between health professions to better case for patients with BDD