Health disparities among children with cleft

Hillary L. Broder, Maureen Wilson-Genderson, Lacey Sischo

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Oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) is a multidimensional construct that measures well-being associated with the teeth, mouth, and face. This cross-sectional study examined OHRQoL, demographic data, and clinical indicators in 839 treatment-seeking youths with cleft from 6 geographically diverse cleft treatment centers. Individuals without health insurance and representing ethnic minorities had lower OHRQoL scores on the Child Oral Health Impact Profile and a higher rate of surgical recommendations. These findings imply a risk factor for reduced OHRQoL and unmet needs among vulnerable youths with clefts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)828-830
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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