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FACE: Surgical corrections of jaw deformities

Surgical corrections of jaw deformities Medical and psychological demands on a patient-centric information- and communication strategy

Congenital or developmental misalignment or misshaping of either maxilla or mandible (dysgnathia) present serious functional and medical problems. In addition, dysgnathia are detrimental to the patients’ psychological make-up as both self-esteem and personality are influenced by the perceived attractiveness. For a patient, the necessary medical procedure (breaking and realignment of the jaw) is a momentous event. Although the surgery itself is in most cases very successful in restoring the function of the jaw, oftentimes patients suffer from postoperative psychological discomforts. They have difficulties accepting their new physical appearance as facial surgery is always also an encrouchment on the person’s identity. This projects aims at developing a sensitive information- and communication strategy to be applied before, during, and after the precedure, thereby preventing any possible postoperative mental discomforts or adaptation difficulties.   Project information

Project information

Project partner:

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Aachen  – Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Dr. med. dent Frank Hölzle

HCIC – Communication Science – Prof. Dr. phil. Martina Ziefle

Funding period: 

April 2013 - April 2014

Funding: 

Seedfunds Humtec, Exzellence initiative of the German Research Foundation (€ 66,000)

Team:

Dipl.-Psych. Luisa Bremen (Communication Science)
Johanna Kluge, M.A. (Communication Science)
Evgeny Goloborodko (Universitätsklinikum)
Dr. med. dent Ali Modabber (Universitätsklinikum)