Keys to a successful cleft lip and palate team
W. Wellens and V. Vander Poorten
Cleft Lip and Palate Team, University Hospitals Leuven, Leuven
Cleft lip and palate team; long-term treatment; protocol; high-volume centres; continuity; outcome measures; regional networking; referral; professional aspects; health care authorities; review
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Keys to a successful cleft lip and palate team. The severity and complexity of the defects in patients with cleft lip and/or palate (CLP) require a complex and long-term programme of care, aiming primarily at the best aesthetic and functional outcome, with a minimum of procedures and optimal cost-effectiveness. This delivery of comprehensive and coordinated health care to patients with CLP is optimally provided through colla- boration in a specialised CLP team. There is international consensus about the fundamental elements of CLP treatment: multidisciplinary teamwork, centralisation, high-volume care, team continuity, long-term treatment planning from birth to adulthood, standardised protocols, documentation, evaluation, follow-up studies, research, training and quality assurance.
Suppl. 4, 2006

Keys to a successful cleft lip and palate team