Reliability of esthetic ratings of cleft impairment.

  title={Reliability of esthetic ratings of cleft impairment.},
  author={Joyce M. Tobiasen and J. M. Hiebert},
  journal={The Cleft palate journal},
  volume={25 3},
The decision to seek secondary treatment for facial clefts is often the result of concerns about the esthetic acceptability of appearance. There are no standard techniques to assess cleft impairment for esthetic acceptability. Therefore, it is not possible to evaluate objectively either the need for or the benefits of treatment. If it could be shown that people agree closely on how they rate the esthetic appearance of cleft impairments that vary in severity, then esthetic measures of cleft… CONTINUE READING