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Measures of ADLs for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Posted Aug 29 2013 4:00am
Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published a systematic review of activities of daily living measures for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy. The following results were found: 
  • 26 measures were identified and eight met inclusion criteria
  • The Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI) had the strongest psychometric properties but was limited by its age range  (6 months to 7 years 6 months)
  • The Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) was the most comprehensive evaluation of underlying motor and cognitive abilities yet further psychometric testing is required for children with CP. 
The researchers concluded:
  • the PEDI should be used to measure ADL capability in elementary school aged children 
  • the AMPS is the best measure to evaluate ADL performance or capacity and is suitable for all age.
Reference: Sarah James, Jenny Ziviani and Roslyn Boyd. A systematic review of activities of daily living measures for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. Article first published online: 12 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.12226.  

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