Assessment of Facial Function in Patients with Facial Palsy Using Patient-Based and Clinician-Based Tools

Facial Function in Facial Palsy Patients


  • Ammara Latif Department of Physical Therapy, The University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Sameera Mushtaq Department of Physical Therapy, The University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan



Facial Palsy, Facial Nerve, Facial Clinimetric Evaluation, Bell’s Palsy


Facial palsy is a serious disorder that impairs both function and appearance resulting from facial muscle weakness. It impairs the quality of life of affected patients. There are questionnaires for general health and disease-specific assessments of quality of life accessible. Objective: To assess the facial function in patients with facial palsy using patient-based and clinician-based tools. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among patient diagnosed with facial palsy. The study sample size 79 of both genders calculated via Epitools software and using convenient sampling technique. A pre-tested structured valid and reliable tool was used for the assessment of disability and facial function via Facial Clinimetric Evaluation used as patient-based tool and House-Brackmann Scoring Scale used as clinical based tool. SPSS version 25.0 was used to analyze data. Results: The mean age of the participants was 27.53 years. 59.5% were males whereas, 40.5% were females. So, a higher prevalence of males was seen. 58.2% were recorded at grade IV (moderately severe), 31.6% were at grade III (moderate level) and 10.1% were at grade V (severe) level. There was statistically significant association between House-Brackmann scores and facial clinimetric evaluation scores (p<0.001) that was indicating that there was an association between disability and patient’s perception towards facial palsy. Conclusions: Facial Clinimetric Evaluation scale used as patient-based tool provide subjective experience and functional limitation experienced by facial palsy patient while House-Brackmann Scoring Scale used as clinical based tool provides objective evaluation of facial function of facial palsy patient.


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DOI: 10.54393/tt.v5i01.188
Published: 2024-03-31

How to Cite

Latif, A., & Mushtaq, S. (2024). Assessment of Facial Function in Patients with Facial Palsy Using Patient-Based and Clinician-Based Tools : Facial Function in Facial Palsy Patients. THE THERAPIST (Journal of Therapies &Amp; Rehabilitation Sciences), 5(01), 73–77.