Nasolabial Appearance in Adults with Repaired Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate: Relation between Professional and Lay Rating and Patients' Satisfaction
2010 (English)In: Journal of plastic surgery and hand surgery, ISSN 2000-6764, Vol. 44, no 4-5, 191-198 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the current study was to evaluate the relation between professional and lay rating and patients' satisfaction with nasolabial appearance in adults with repaired unilateral cleft lip and palate (UCLP). A cross-sectional population study, long-term follow-up with controls matched for age and sex was performed. All patients with complete UCLP born between 1960 and 1987 (n = 109), treated at Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden were invited and 83 (76%) agreed to participate. Follow-up was 20-47 years after primary lip surgery. An age-and sex-matched control group of 65 people were evaluated in the same way. Ratings from professional and lay panels of cropped photographs using a 5 point categorical scale for 4 features of the nasolabial appearance and the satisfaction with appearance questionnaire (SWA) for self-assessment were used. Professional and lay ratings correlated positively but the professionals consistently rated nasolabial appearance as better than did the lay panel (p < 0.001). Self-assessment of nasolabial appearance with the SWA (by patients and controls) did not correlate with the judgement of lay or professional panels. Judgement of nasolabial appearance in adults with repaired UCLP differs among professionals, lay people, and patients. This should be considered when deciding about secondary surgical treatment of signs of clefts.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 44, no 4-5, 191-198 p.
Research subject Plastic Surgery
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-122572DOI: 10.3109/02844311.2010.499671ISI: 000288238800002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-122572DiVA: diva2:310600