Impact of child and family characteristics on cerebral palsy treatment

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AIM: The aim of the study was to describe the relationship between the child's and family's characteristics and the most common treatment modalities in a national population-based sample of 8- to 15-year-old children with cerebral palsy.

METHOD: A cross-sectional study, based on the Danish Cerebral Palsy Registry. The parents of 462 children answered a questionnaire about their child's treatment and the family's characteristics (living with a single parent, having siblings, living in a city, parental education level). Descriptive and logistic regression analyses were performed for every treatment modality, stratified by Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) level.

RESULTS: An IQ below 85 was associated with weekly therapy in GMFCS level I (adjusted odds ratio [ORadj ] 2.5 [CI 1.1-5.7]) and the use of oral spasmolytics in GMFCS levels III to V (ORadj 3.1 [CI 1.3-7.4]). Older children in GMFCS levels III to V used daily orthoses less frequently (ORadj 0.7 [CI 0.6-0.9] per year). Of all of the family characteristics studied, only the parents' education level had significant associations with more than one treatment modality.

INTERPRETATION: A child's cognitive function showed an impact on treatment of the motor impairment in children 8 to 15 years of age with cerebral palsy. Parental education level may influence the choice of treatment.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDevelopmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Pages (from-to)948-954
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015

    Research areas

  • Cerebral Palsy

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