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J Rehabil Med. 2007 Apr;39(3):225-31.

Selecting the appropriate outcome in paediatric physical therapy: how individual treatment goals of children with cerebral palsy are reflected in GMFM-88 and PEDI.

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Centre of Excellence, Rehabilitation Centre De Hoogstraat, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess to what extent individual physical therapy treatment goals for children with cerebral palsy are reflected in 2 standardized measures: the GMFM-88 and the PEDI.

SUBJECTS:

A total of 36 paediatric physical therapists working in primary healthcare with children with cerebral palsy in their caseload.

METHODS:

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health was used as a measure to link individual treatment goals to the GMFM-88 and the PEDI.

RESULTS:

Sixty percent of the treatment goals were covered by the 2 measures. Twenty-seven percent and 21% of the goals were reflected in the GMFM-88 and the PEDI, respectively; 12% of the goals were reflected in both instruments. Another 26% of the treatment goals appeared to be partly covered (21% in PEDI and 5% in GMFM-88). Fourteen percent of the goals were not covered by the 2 measures.

CONCLUSION:

Individual goals set in a physical therapy practice for children with cerebral palsy can be linked, to a large extent, to items and activities of 2 standardized measures.

PMID:
17468791
DOI:
10.2340/16501977-0040
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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