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Relationship between parental PODCI questionnaire and School Function Assessment in measuring performance in children with CP
Article first published online: 14 AUG 2008
Copyright © 2008 Mac Keith Press
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
Volume 50, Issue 9, pages 690–695, September 2008
How to Cite
Gates, P. E., Otsuka, N. Y., Sanders, J. O. and McGee-Brown, J. (2008), Relationship between parental PODCI questionnaire and School Function Assessment in measuring performance in children with CP. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 50: 690–695. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2008.03011.x
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- Issue published online: 14 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 14 AUG 2008
- Accepted for publication 12th December 2007.
Little data exists assessing the relationship between functional limitations in children with cerebral palsy (CP) and their participation in everyday activities. This prospective study evaluates the relationship between the Pediatric Outcomes Data Collection Instrument (PODCI), a functional health-related quality of life instrument for children and their parents, and the School Function Assessment (SFA), a school-based functional assessment. One hundred and two children with CP (80.4% dipliegia; 10.8% hemiplegia; 3.9% triplegia; 2.0% quadriplegia; 2.9% unspecified; 60 males, 42 females, mean age 11 years 8 months (SD 3y 3mo, range 6–8y), Gross Motor Function Classification System levels I to IV (13.7% Level I 50% Level II 35.3% Level III 1% Level IV), had complete PODCI and SFA assessments. Significant relationships were noted among multiple PODCI subscales and subscales of the SFA, as well as among individual questions. PODCI predicted performance in all 31 subscales of the SFA when comorbidity subscales were included (r =0.35–0.64). The PODCI in-clinic questionnaire provides an accurate reflection of the child’s actual participation in the community setting, as assessed by the SFA. PODCI can reliably be used to help ensure that outcomes assessed in the clinic setting reflect function within the community, and can be used to help with treatment planning, goal setting, and improved patient care.