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Type: Journal article
Title: Upper limb orthoses and assistive technology utilization in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy recruited from a population register
Author: Russo, R.
Atkins, R.
Haan, E.
Crotty, M.
Citation: Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 2009; 12(2):92-99
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 1751-8423
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Remo Nunzio Russo, Renae Atkins, Eric Haan, Maria Crotty
Abstract: <h4>Objective</h4>To describe the use of upper limb orthoses and assistive technologies (AT) in a representative community-based sample of children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (HCP) and compare children on the basis of their prescription.<h4>Method</h4>Survey of all children with HCP entered on a population register. Outcome measures included a clinical examination; Assessment of Motor and Process skills; Self-perception Profile for Children; PedsQL version 4; Paediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory.<h4>Results</h4>Of 107 respondents, 56% were prescribed upper limb orthoses and 46% AT; 48% of children prescribed upper limb orthoses were using them, compared to 98% of children prescribed AT. Greater tone at the wrist was associated with orthotic prescription (OR [95% CI] 39.6 [4.8, 323]).<h4>Conclusion</h4>Children with HCP prescribed orthoses and AT are a more severely affected group. AT have higher utility than upper limb orthoses in children with HCP, with orthoses having a high rate of abandonment.
Keywords: Child
upper extremity
orthotic devices
DOI: 10.1080/17518420902783223
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