Health Care Needs Across Different Age Groups in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Survey

Authors

  • Riya Sony
  • Jasrah Javed
  • Divya Mohan
  • R. Vasanthan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijpot.v17i2.19218

Keywords:

Cerebral Palsy, Health care needs, parents, physiotherapists

Abstract

Background: Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common chronic childhood disability of today. Health care needs are
present in these children who require health services to manage their functional disability. It can change according
to the age group and severity of the condition. In the current healthcare system, little is known about priorities
and needs for the children with cerebral palsy especially in reference to Indian contextual situations and how these
needs may differ based on the child’s age and motor function.
Methods: A cross sectional survey design is used in the study. 83 parents of children with cerebral palsy and their
treating physiotherapists were selected in the study based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Participants
were divided into 3 groups based on the age of the children. Self designed questionnaire was given to the parents
and the physiotherapists to select the health care needs for the children. One time data collection was done over
the period of 3 months.
Conclusion: The study also shows that mostly parent’s needs are considered by physiotherapists for their goal
settings. Most of the time parents’ needs and the physiotherapist’s goals are found to be similar.

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Author Biographies

  • Riya Sony

    Student The Oxford College of Physiotherapy, Bangalore, Karnataka

  • Jasrah Javed

    Student, The Oxford College of Physiotherapy, Bangalore, Karnataka

  • Divya Mohan

    Professor, The Oxford College of Physiotherapy, Bangalore, Karnataka

  • R. Vasanthan

    HOD, The Oxford College of Physiotherapy, Bangalore, Karnataka

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Published

2023-04-25

How to Cite

Health Care Needs Across Different Age Groups in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Survey. (2023). Indian Journal of Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy - An International Journal, 17(2), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijpot.v17i2.19218