Effectiveness of intensive training for children with Cerebral Palsy: a comparison between child and youth rehabilitation and conductive education
2005 (English)In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, ISSN 1650-1977, Vol. 37, no 4, 263-270 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objectives: To compare the short-term effectiveness of 1 intensive training period in child and youth rehabilitation with Move&Walk conductive education and describe the effects of 1 intensive training period in terms of changes at 1 year. The amount and influence of additional consumption of training during the 1-year follow-up was also analysed.
Design: Quasi-experimental with 2 groups: Lemo (n=23) and Move&Walk (n=29).
Patients: A total of 52 children with cerebral palsy, age range 3–16 years.
Methods: Data included repeated measures with Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) and Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory–Functional Skills (PEDI-FS). Data on additional consumption of training was collected at the 1-year follow-up.
Results: There was no difference in proportion of change on the clinical measures between the training programmes, except for a higher proportion of improvement on the GMFM total score in Lemo. At the group level, small improvements were shown on GMFM and PEDI FS in the short-term and on PEDI FS only at 1 year. A higher proportion of children who participated in repeated intensive training periods showed improved social functioning.
Conclusion: No major differences were shown between the 2 training programmes. One intensive training period facilitated small improvements in gross motor function. The majority of children had a high consumption of training during the 1-year follow-up and the added value of repeated intensive training periods was limited.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 37, no 4, 263-270 p.
evaluation studies, exercise therapy, cerebral palsy, treatment outcome
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12946DOI: 10.1080/16501970510032622OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-12946DiVA: diva2:17502