Initial counselling for cleft lip and palate : parents' evaluation, needs and expectations

Kuttenberger, J. and Ohmer, J. N. and Polska, E.. (2010) Initial counselling for cleft lip and palate : parents' evaluation, needs and expectations. International journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery, Vol. 39, H. 3. pp. 214-220.

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During the first counselling after the birth of a child with cleft lip and palate (CLP) information about the malformation should be delivered and a long-standing relationship between the cleft team and the affected family must be established. The present study was conducted to evaluate the parents' experiences, needs and expectations with this first consultation. A questionnaire was sent to 105 parents at the cleft clinic, which could be answered anonymously. It collected demographic data, data on the parents' pre-existing level of information and the parents' assessment of the counselling at the cleft centre. Seventy percent of the questionnaires were returned. In 16% the clefts were diagnosed prenatally, in 32% there were relatives with clefts. Seventy-one percent of the parents received detailed counselling, 89% of which occurred in the first week. The parents requested that information about surgery (80%), feeding the child (63%) and the aetiology of clefts (44%) should be given. The quality of the consultation was rated very good or good by 87% of families. This study confirms the importance of initial counselling for CLP. The exceptional psychological situation of the family has to be considered and a close collaboration between cleft centre and maternity hospitals is mandatory.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Operative Fächer (Klinik) > Kopfbereich > Kiefer- und Gesichtschirurgie (Zeilhofer)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Operative Fächer (Klinik) > Kopfbereich > Kiefer- und Gesichtschirurgie (Zeilhofer)
UniBasel Contributors:Kuttenberger, Johannes Josef
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Churchill Livingstone
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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