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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 16-19

Facial deformity correction: A journey through small towns and rural India


1 Department of Dentistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, Bihar, India
2 Department of Dentistry, Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, Bihar, India

Correspondence Address:
Sailesh Kumar Mukul
Department of Dentistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Phulwari Sharif, Patna - 801 505, Bihar
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jclpca.jclpca_64_17

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Introduction: Craniofacial anomalies constitute a large fraction of facial deformity cases. The aim of this study is to develop a road map to extend the services for facial deformity correction in small towns and rural parts of the country. The objectives were to assess the existing services for facial deformity correction as a pilot project and to conduct strength, weakness, opportunities, threats analysis of existing care providers for facial deformity correction in Bihar. Methods: A questionnaire was generated titled “Survey on Distribution, Management, Difficulties Encountered and suggestions to improve services to manage the facial deformity cases in a conventional small surgical setup in Bihar” and was distributed among existing care providers for the facial deformity patient. Results: Less than 30% of care providers provide services at small towns and villages. Majority of care providers are centered at the district level. Discussion: The paucity of care providers for corrections of facial deformities needs to increase from mere 30%.This relates to desired increase in capacity by two folds to clear the backlog in a decade in India. Conclusion: At present, no national level policy to address the facial deformities which require to be formulated through established national and international societies and organizations.


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