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The validation of an activity monitor for use with type 1 and 2 gait patterns in cerebral palsy

By M McAloon


methods in which this can be achieved is through evidence based practice. The current climate within the NHS has clear manifestations of such practice, the most visible perhaps being the increase in audit within practice. The facilitation of high quality care also requires practitioners to partake in multiprofessional treatment planning and embrace such plans into their every day practice. In line with the above it is essential that during the emergence of such practice audit occurs to measure the effectiveness of such approaches.\ud One of the areas that could greatly benefit from such practice is that of Cerebral Palsy. Management of children with cerebral palsy is the focus of considerable resources in many countries so that the evaluation of the efficacy of new and established treatments is imperative (Boyd 2001).\ud Cerebral Palsy is a lifelong condition with a significant impact on the individual and their carers. Most subjects with mild or moderately severe CP survive into adult life and have a normal life expectancy (Bhusan 1993). Although the brain pathology that underlies the clinical manifestations of CP is non-progressive, the functional abilities of the individuals and their health and social needs usually change (Bakheit 2001).\ud With the above philosophy of evidence based practice in mind and the current need for valid and reliable tools to achieve this goal, it is the aim of this thesis to validate an activity monitor, the activPAL, for use with cerebral palsy (CP). It will establish whether or not the activPAL activity monitor is a valid and reliable tool with which to measure this population. A review of existing activity monitor research shall take place and outcome measures currently adopted within cerebral palsy studies shall be reviewed

Topics: R1, health_and_wellbeing
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