Quality of Life in Children with Cerebral Palsy

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 Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a non-progressive disorder of movement and posture caused by a defect or injury to the immature brain and its impact is further exacerbated by disabilities other than the motor impairments, such as epilepsy, learning disabilities, behavioral and emotional problems. Traditionally, the treatment of children with chronic diseases, as Cerebral Palsy (CP) was focused on the physical aspects of the disease and the treatment efficacy was measured primarily by physical improvement. In the past two decades, quality of life (QOL), defined, as well-being across various broad domains, has become an important treatment goal, especially in chronic diseases like CP.

As studies on QOL, are highly subjective in nature and may have many inherent limitations, a combination of well valid, parent-based and child-based questionnaires as well as generic and disease specific tools is required.

Although several studies have found that parents report lower QOL for their children with CP (in every aspect of QOL measured), the children themselves, usually rate their quality of life in the emotional and social domains, equal to their typically developed peers. Further more, parents of children with severe impairment, often reported better quality of life in the psychosocial domains compared to the reports for children with mild impairment. These consistent findings suggest that children with cerebral palsy can adapt well to their activity limitations and may have satisfactory quality of life in spite of significant deficits. These results also mean that factors other than the impairment severity may have a major influence on QOL in disabled children.

The consensus that improving QOL is an important treatment goal in children with CP, mandates measures and treatments that enhance this goal.


Cerebral Palsy Parenting Style Disable Child Gross Motor Function Classification System Child Health Questionnaire 
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List of Abbreviations:


 Child Health Questionnaire


Cerebral Palsy


 Gross Motor Function Classification System

PedsQL, 4.0

Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory Version 4.0


Pediatric Outcomes Data Collecting Instrument


Quality of Life


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