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This 3-year research project aims to investigate and compare the treatment effectiveness (in terms of motor and psychosocial outcomes) and potential predictors (in terms of demographical, biological and psychosocial domains) of the intensive and distributed Child- and Family-Friendly CIT protocols with an equivalent intervention period in children with CP by cross-over study design. In addition, the selection and examination of outcome measures were based on the ICF-CY model to provide comprehensively documents.
Upper limb dysfunction is a common and disabling consequence of children with cerebral palsy (CP). As children with hemiplegia primarily have one better funcitoning side of their body and one more affected side, they often tend not to use the affected extremity resulting in the phenoema of developmental disregard. Recent evidence suggests that constraint-induced therapy (CIT) is the most effective technique to improve the use of the affected hand and reduce the developmental disregard in children with CP. However, despite the cumulative evidence supporting the effects of pediatric CIT, the concerns of feasibility and gaps of current knowledge prompt us to conduct this current proposal. The concerns of the feasibility include this approach is emotionally problematic at early stages and researchers suggested that the orginal CIT protocols may be too intrusive for children and their families. The gaps of current knowledge include: no study has directly investigated the effectiveness differences between various CIT models; no study examines, monitors and compares the psychosocial outcomes while receiving the CIT protocols for children and their parents systematically and comprehensively; and no study investigates the possible clinical characteristics of children that may influence the training effects of the various CIT models.
Investigators will recruit a total of 60 children with CP from the CP Association, medical centers, and special educational systems and participants will be randomly assigned to the two intervention groups. The intensive CIT is delivered by the group-based design with 6 hours a day for 6 days (36 hours in total) and the distributed CIT will be delivered by individualized home-based intervention with 2.25 hours a day, two times a week, for 8 weeks (36 hours in total).
Intensive CIT Model Program: Day Camp Model, Distributed CIT Model Program: Home-Based Model
National Taiwan University Hospital
Not yet recruiting
National Taiwan University Hospital
Published on BioPortfolio: 2017-04-26T09:08:21-0400
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