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Quality of life and functional assessment of facial palsy patients: A questionnaire study

International journal of surgery (London, England) | 23 May 2018

E Gy├Âri, C Przestrzelski, I Pona, M Hagmann, T Rath, C Radtke and CH John Tzou
Abstract
Facial palsy leads to functional and aesthetic deficits, which impair the quality of life of affected patients. General health-related and disease-specific questionnaires are available for quality of life assessment. In this study, observer-based analysis of facial function (Sunnybrook Facial Grading Scale) was compared patient-based to facial palsy-specific gradings (Facial Clinimetric Evaluation Scale and Facial Disability Index), and general health-related quality of life questionnaires (SF-36). We hypothesized that only facial palsy-specific instruments capture functional and social impairments of affected patients.
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