Oral Health-Related Quality of Life of Children Born With Orofacial Clefts in Ethiopia and Their Parents

Mekonen Eshete Abebe (Lead / Corresponding author), Wakgari Deressa, Victoria Oladugba, Arwa Owais, Taye Hailu, Fikre Abate, Abiye Hailu, Yohannes Demissie, Shiferaw Degu, Bezuwork Alemayehu, Mulualem Gessesse, Milliard Deribew, Paul Egl Gravem, Peter Mossey, Azeez Butali

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Objective: To assess the oral health-related quality of life (OH-RQoL) using a translated standardized measure in an understudied population of Ethiopian children born with orofacial clefts (OFCs) and their parents.

Methods: Using a descriptive study design, we assessed the OH-RQoL of 41 patients with OFCs between the ages of 8 and 17 years and their parents. Participants received multidisciplinary cleft care from 2008 to 2016. They completed an Amharic translation of the Child Oral Health Impact Profile (COHIP).

Results: There was strong internal reliability with the translated COHIP for parents and patients. Parents' COHIP scores ranged from 67 to 186, and patients' scores were 78 to 190. The mean for patients and parents was 155, indicating good OH-RQoL.

Conclusion: The Amharic translation of the COHIP appears appropriate for use with families in Ethiopia. Both parents and patients reported OH-RQoL at similar levels as other international populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1153-1157
Number of pages5
JournalCleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
Issue number8
Early online date21 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2018


  • Birth defect
  • Child Oral Health Impact Profile
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Ethiopia
  • Oral health–related quality of life
  • Perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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