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The psychosocial outcomes resulting from a cleft lip and/or palate diagnosis (CL/P) are not yet completely understood. Isabella Summersgill and her co-authors, Kelly Huang and Michelle Oberoi @_moberoi, from the UCLA Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery conducted a systematic review on the psychosocial functioning and challenges of patients with CL/P. She and her co-authors found that while most studies suggested that CL/P patients are subject to increased risk of psychosocial distress, several studies reported improved social skills. The most prominent predictors of psychosocial stressors found were as follows: communication between patients, parents, and doctors, differences between genders, challenges among age groups, and cultural influences. Future studies with standardized and quantitative evaluation of psychosocial functioning for CL/P patients compared to non-CL/P controls may help to better characterize CL/P-specific psychosocial functioning.

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