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Dev Med Child Neurol. 2015 Feb;57(2):149-58. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12551. Epub 2014 Aug 6.

International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Core Sets for children and youth with cerebral palsy: a consensus meeting.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Abstract

AIM:

The objective of this article is to report on the Core Sets developed for children and youth aged 0 to 18 years, with cerebral palsy (CP) based on the pediatric International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) by the World Health Organization (WHO).

METHOD:

A formal decision-making and consensus process integrating evidence gathered from preparatory studies was followed. Preparatory studies included: a systematic literature review; an international expert survey; a qualitative study of children and youth with CP and their caregivers; and a clinical study. Relevant ICF categories were identified in a formal consensus process by international experts from different backgrounds. Twenty-six international experts chosen by WHO region with expertise in CP attended the consensus meeting.

RESULTS:

Overall, five ICF Core Sets were developed: a Comprehensive Core Set (135 ICF categories); a Common Brief (25 ICF categories); and three age-specific Core Sets: under 6 years (31 ICF categories), from 6 to <14 years (35 ICF categories) and from 14 to 18 years (37 ICF categories).

INTERPRETATION:

These ICF Core Sets for children and youth with CP are the first ICF-based tools developed for this population. The ICF Core Sets for children and youth with CP can be applied in clinical practice, research, teaching and administration. The application of the ICF Core Sets to this population will standardize the functional assessments of CP worldwide.

PMID:
25131642
DOI:
10.1111/dmcn.12551
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