The cleft team social worker.
The birth of a child with significant medical problems poses challenges for most families. Congenital orofacial clefting is a common condition affecting families worldwide. Orofacial clefting requires long-term medical care and can affect multiple body systems. Having a child with a chronic medical condition such as cleft lip or palate creates many psychosocial ramifications for a family. This article describes the importance of medical social work involvement in the coordinated care for children with cleft lip and palate. Specific cases spanning prenatal care through adolescence are used to highlight the variety of complex psychosocial situations encountered in the multidisciplinary cleft team setting.
Social work in health care
Adolescent; Child; Child, Preschool; Cleft Lip; Cleft Palate; Counseling; Female; Humans; Infant, Newborn; Male; Patient Care Team; Pregnancy; Prenatal Diagnosis; Professional-Patient Relations; Social Work; Social Workers
Cleft Palate; Social Work; Family Impact
Kaye A, Lybrand S. The cleft team social worker. Soc Work Health Care. 2016;55(4):280-295. doi:10.1080/00981389.2016.1145168