Extending multidisciplinary management of cleft palate to the developing world

Maxwell C. Furr, Elissa Larkin, Robert Blakeley, Thomas Albert, Lance Tsugawa, Stephen M. Weber

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Abstract

The needs of patients with a cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P) extend beyond surgical repair. A multidisciplinary approach to the care of patients with CL/P is the widely accepted standard in most regions of the developed world. Patients with CL/P in developing countries have needs similar to those of patients in industrialized nations. However, the existing shortages of healthcare resources have precluded provision of the most basic care to those with a CL/P. Innovative applications of technology can facilitate the delivery of speech therapy, evaluation of audiometric data, and limited dental evaluation for these patients with a modest financial investment. One method by which this care might be provided is with the use of Internet-based modalities. This represents a near universally available method to fill a conspicuous gap in the preoperative evaluation and postoperative care of patients with CL/P in the developing world. With rapidly expanding access to the Internet, particularly with wireless-3G connectivity worldwide, it is time to expand our delivery of humanitarian care beyond surgery alone in treating patients with CL/P in medically underserved areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-241
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Volume69
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

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Cleft Palate
Cleft Lip
Internet
Medically Underserved Area
Preoperative Care
Speech Therapy
Postoperative Care
Developed Countries
Developing Countries
Patient Care
Tooth
Technology
Delivery of Health Care

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  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Surgery

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Extending multidisciplinary management of cleft palate to the developing world. / Furr, Maxwell C.; Larkin, Elissa; Blakeley, Robert; Albert, Thomas; Tsugawa, Lance; Weber, Stephen M.

In: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Vol. 69, No. 1, 01.2011, p. 237-241.

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Furr, Maxwell C. ; Larkin, Elissa ; Blakeley, Robert ; Albert, Thomas ; Tsugawa, Lance ; Weber, Stephen M. / Extending multidisciplinary management of cleft palate to the developing world. In: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 2011 ; Vol. 69, No. 1. pp. 237-241.
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