Law, M., Darrah, J., Pollock, N., Rosenbaum, P., Russell, D., Walter, S.D., Petrenchik, T., Wilson, B., Wright, V.
This paper presents the background information, design and protocol for a randomized clinical trial comparing a task/context approach to a child focused remediation approach in improving functional outcomes for young children with cerebral palsy. The evidence supporting current interventions in children with cerebral palsy (CP) is inconclusive. A huge amount of resources is directed at the problems associated with CP such as interventions for self care, play and school activities. A large amount of uncertainty surrounds the appropriate therapeutic approaches to the rehabilitation of children with CP.
The primary objective of this study was to conduct a multi site randomized clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of a task/context-focused approach compared to a child-focused remediation approach in improving performance of functional tasks. A sample representing children attending publicly funded regional centres for rehabilitation, aged between 12 months and 5 years. Outcomes will be evaluated at baseline, after six months of treatment and at 3 month follow up period.
BMC Pediatrics 2007, 7:31