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Bratislava Medical Journal Vol.118, No.6, p.370-373, 2017

Title: Impact of cleft lip and/or palate in children on family quality of life before and after reconstructive surgery
Author: P. Macho, M. Bohac, J. Fedeles Jr, D. Fekiacova, J. Fedeles Sr

Abstract: BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of cleft lip/palate children together with consequent treatment on quality of family life using standardized questionnaire. Different to previous studies the evaluation of quality of family life by questionnaire was realized twice in the same group of families (before the reconstructive surgery and several months after palatoplasty).
METHODS: The study was conducted in 40 families divided in two groups: 20 families with children with cleft lip (CL), 20 families with children with cleft lip and palate (CLP). The questionnaire of the Impact on Family Scale was used for evaluation of the influence of orofacial clefts on parent´s quality of life. Evaluations were made at the second month of child´s life and at one year of child´s life with reciprocally comparison.
RESULTS: The higher impact of children with CLP on quality of family life was noted at 2 months and 1 year of child’s age as compared to the impact of children with CL. The reduction of impact on quality of life after surgical correction was observed in families of children with CL at one year of child’s age. This decrease of influence on family quality of life was due to significantly lower impact in strain and economic dimensions in families with CL children after operation. However, in the group of families with CLP children no significant changes in the impact on family quality of life were noted when compared to the values before and shortly after the reconstructive surgery.
CONCLUSIONS: This study showed that orofacial clefts in children influence markedly the quality of their family life. The higher impact of children with CLP on quality of family life as compared to children with CL was noted and this impact in CLP group was not influenced shortly after reconstructive surgery. It is suggested that appropriate medical care in Cleft Centre with special psychological support may lead to improvement in quality of life for families with cleft lip and palate children (Tab. 2, Fig. 2, Ref. 14).

Keywords: cleft lip, cleft palate, quality of life, the impact in family scale
Published online: 22-Jun-2017
Year: 2017, Volume: 118, Issue: 6 Page From: 370, Page To: 373
doi:10.4149/BLL_2017_070


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