Centralisation of services for children with cleft lip or palate in England: a study of hospital episode statistics Full Text
BMC Health Services Research, 06/15/2012
Fitzsimons KJ et al. – Between 1998 and 2007, cleft services in England were centralised. According to a survey among patients' parents, the quality of cleft care improved in the same period. Surgical care became more consistent with current recommendations. However, key outcomes, including facial appearance and speech, can only be assessed many years after the initial surgical treatment.