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Dev Neurorehabil. 2012;15(3):219-22. doi: 10.3109/17518423.2011.654282.

Parent goals as outcome measures for children receiving treadmill training: a series of case reports.

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Therapy Department & Shriners Gait Lab, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This series of case reports examined attainment of parents' goals for children receiving treadmill training and parents' satisfaction with goal attainment.

METHODS:

Four children with cerebral palsy completed 5-8 weeks of standardized training while wearing a body weight support harness. Outcome measures were family goals using goal attainment scaling (GAS): a score of 0 equaled goal attainment, scores of -2 and -1 represented lower-than-expected performance and +1 and +2 exceeded expected performance. Parent satisfaction with goal attainment was assessed on a Likert scale from 1 (very satisfied) to 5 (very unsatisfied).

RESULTS:

All participants achieved GAS levels of ≥0, indicating all goals were met. All parents rated their satisfaction with goal attainment as 'very satisfied'.

CONCLUSION:

This is the first report using family goals as outcome measures to assess effects of treadmill training. Future studies of treadmill training should include family- and child-centred goals as potential outcomes.

PMID:
22582853
DOI:
10.3109/17518423.2011.654282
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