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The family needs of parents of preschool children with cerebral palsy: The impact of child's gross motor and communications functions

Department of Rehabilitation, Riga Stradins University, Riga, Latvia
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Medicina 2014, 50(6), 323-328; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.medici.2014.11.005
Received: 10 January 2014 / Accepted: 20 November 2014 / Published: 27 November 2014
Background and objective: An understanding of the needs of families of preschool children with cerebral palsy (CP) is of essential importance if efficient and cost-effective services are to be provided to them. The aims of this study were to identify the most frequently expressed needs of families with preschool children with CP; differences in the amount and types of family needs based on the child's gross motor function and communication function level; and the impact of the child's gross motor function and communication function level on the type and amount of family needs.
Materials and methods: A total of 227 parents of preschool children with CP completed a modified version of the Family Needs Survey and a demographic questionnaire. Children's gross motor function level and communication function level was classified using the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) and the Communication Function Classification System (CFCS), respectively.
Results: The total number of family needs differed based on GMFCS and CFCS levels. Children's GMFCS and CFCS level were not significant predictors of overall family needs (adjusted R2 = 0.163). In this model the GMFCS level of children did not account for the total number of family needs, while the CFCS level did.
Conclusions: Child's limitations in terms of communication and gross motor functions must be taken into consideration when planning services for families with preschool children with CP.
Keywords: Children; Cerebral palsy; Family needs Children; Cerebral palsy; Family needs
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Bertule, D.; Vetra, A. The family needs of parents of preschool children with cerebral palsy: The impact of child's gross motor and communications functions. Medicina 2014, 50, 323-328.

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