Journal of Craniofacial Surgery

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Journal of Craniofacial Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31824e67c2
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A Survey of Multidisciplinary Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team Examination Formats

Laub, Donald R. Jr MS, MD,; Ajar, Amir H. MD

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Abstract: We surveyed 229 multidisciplinary cleft and craniofacial teams listed in the American Cleft Palate–Craniofacial Association directory regarding frequency of meetings, numbers of patients treated, sources of funding, their format of examination of children, and their satisfaction with that format. One hundred fifteen (50%) of 229 surveys were completed. Thirty-seven percent of clinics report meeting monthly; 43% of clinics report actively following up 300 or less patients; 40% of clinics report funding by third-party insurance reimbursement, and 38% by government funding; 48% of clinics report the patients moving from one examination room to another to see specialists, in another 33%, the patient stays in 1 examination room while the specialists move, and in only 20%, all specialists see a patient simultaneously. Significantly more specialists are dissatisfied with clinics where they move to examine children; significantly more families are satisfied in clinics where specialists move to examine the child or examine them simultaneously.

© 2012 Mutaz B. Habal, MD

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