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doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e31818ec835
Research Report

A Pilot Study of Quality of Life in Children with Cerebral Palsy After Intensive Body Weight-Supported Treadmill Training

Dieruf, Kathy PT, PhD; Burtner, Patricia A. OTR/L, PhD; Provost, Beth PT, PhD; Phillips, John MD; Bernitsky-Beddingfield, Ann PT; Sullivan, Katherine J. PT, PhD

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Purpose: This pilot study was designed to examine the effects of a 2-week program of intensive body weight-supported treadmill training (BWSTT) on clinical measures of perceived health-related quality of life and fatigue in children with cerebral palsy.

Methods: Six children with spastic cerebral palsy (aged 6–14 years; all classified as Gross Motor Function Classification System Level I) received two 30-minute sessions of BWSTT daily for 2 weeks, and completed questionnaires preintervention and postintervention.

Results: Ratings by children and their parents who completed the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory™ and Multidisciplinary Fatigue module resulted in nonsignificant higher mean postscores. However, of the children with complete data, 4 showed minimal clinically important differences by child and parent-proxy report.

Conclusions: Results suggest that positive health-related quality of life changes can be identified after an intensive intervention of BWSTT, and should include ratings from both children and parents.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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