• 1 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre
  • 2 Hospital Kuala Lumpur
Int J Public Health Res, 2017;7(2):836-844.


Introduction A study was conducted to determine the level of mothers' perception on
children with cleft deformity and its associated factors
Methods This was a cross sectional study involving 110 mothers with children
attending the Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery Clinic. Data was gathered
from a face to face interview based on a questionnaire that assesses the level
of perception and its associated factors. The level of perception was
evaluated from a scoring method and divided into four domains namely
psychosocial, care management, treatment and education.
Results The level of perception was high in all four domains ranged from 62% for
treatment and 80% for education. Factors that were significantly associated
with the level of perception were ethnicity, religion, type of cleft deformity
and level of information.
Conclusions Information regarding cleft deformity must be tailored toward mothers’
personal characteristics and type of cleft deformity to improve mothers'
perception on this problem.