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Speech and satisfaction with outcome of treatment in young adults with unilateral or bilateral complete clefts.

Journal article
Authors Christina Havstam
Anette Lohmander
Annika Dahlgren Sandberg
Anna Elander
Published in Scandinavian journal of plastic and reconstructive surgery and hand surgery / Nordisk plastikkirurgisk forening [and] Nordisk klubb for handkirurgi
Volume 42
Issue 4
Pages 182-9
ISSN 0284-4311
Publication year 2008
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Department of Psychology
Institute of Clinical Sciences
Pages 182-9
Language en
Keywords Adult, Cleft Lip, surgery, Cleft Palate, surgery, Esthetics, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Lip, Male, Nose, Patient Satisfaction, Speech, Speech Production Measurement, Young Adult
Subject categories Plastic surgery, Logopedics and phoniatrics


Thirty-five young adults (22-32 years old, mean 25) born with complete unilateral or bilateral clefts participated in a follow-up of speech, appearance, and teeth after treatment. They completed a questionnaire about their satisfaction with their speech, nose, lip, and teeth on visual analogue scales, and indicated on two overall questions how often they thought about their cleft, and how often they were asked questions about their speech, nose, or lip. Their speech was recorded and assessed blindly and independently by two speech and language pathologists. Participants' satisfaction with their speech did not correlate significantly with the speech assessments. Satisfaction with the nose had the highest correlation with the overall questions. No participant indicated more dissatisfaction with speech than the midpoint of the scale, making conclusions about covariance between satisfaction with speech and the overall questions difficult.

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