Choosing a Multidisciplinary Cleft and Craniofacial Team: Medical, Surgical, and Social Considerations

Dillan F. Villavisanis, Jessica D. Blum, Natalie M. Plana, Peter J. Taub, Jesse A. Taylor

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Abstract

Cleft and craniofacial conditions often present with a variety of functional and esthetic sequelae optimally treated by a multidisciplinary approach. Diagnosis of such conditions pre- or postnatally may evoke parental uncertainty and anxiety, and an important primary consideration is the selection of a cleft and craniofacial team. Identifying an optimal team may be particularly important for developing long-term relationships with clinicians who will ideally work intimately with the family from diagnosis to adulthood. While families, parents, and providers should consider several factors, a dearth of evidence-based suggestions preclude critical appraisal of cleft and craniofacial teams. In this article, the authors summarize medical, surgical, and social considerations for selecting a cleft and craniofacial team to optimize patient outcomes and the family/caregiver experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-522
Number of pages5
JournalCleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
Volume61
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2024
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • counseling
  • nonsyndromic clefting
  • social support

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