The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Index—Computer Adapted Test (PEDI-CAT), a parent-reported outcome measure, and therapist-administered measures of motor function for infants with cerebral palsy (CP) with moderate to severe motor impairments.
A prospective, cohort study included 54 infants, ages 6 to 24 months, with CP or high risk of CP, Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels III to V. Measures included the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) and the mobility domain of the PEDI-CAT (PEDI-mob).
A significant correlation was found between PEDI-mob and GMFM scores. Significant differences were found in PEDI-mob scores as a function of GMFCS level.
The PEDI-mob adds value to motor evaluations of infants with CP. Parents can accurately contribute information about daily motor performance for goal setting and treatment planning. The PEDI-mob offers a practical solution when longer assessments cannot be completed.