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Dev Med Child Neurol. 2008 Jul;50(7):487-93. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2008.03000.x.

Life expectancy in cerebral palsy: an update.

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  • 1Life Expectancy Project, 1439 17th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA.


This paper clarifies and updates some issues of life expectancy in cerebral palsy. These are: (1) the definition of life expectancy and how it is calculated; (2) the secular trends that have occurred since the data for the 1998 paper were collected; (3) revised estimates reflecting improvements of some of the analytical methods and statistics provided in that paper; (4) comparison of life expectancies among countries; (5) issues regarding quality of care; and (6) consideration of prospective life expectations in addition to current life expectancy.

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