Effect of targeted movement interventions on pain and quality of life in children with dyskinetic cerebral palsy : A pilot single subject research design to test feasibility of parent-reported assessments

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Smith, Nadine, Garbellini, Simon, Bear, Natasha, Thornton, Ashleigh, Watts, Peta and Gibson, Noula. (2022). Effect of targeted movement interventions on pain and quality of life in children with dyskinetic cerebral palsy : A pilot single subject research design to test feasibility of parent-reported assessments. Disability and Rehabilitation. 45(10), pp. 1646-1654. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2022.2072007
AuthorsSmith, Nadine, Garbellini, Simon, Bear, Natasha, Thornton, Ashleigh, Watts, Peta and Gibson, Noula
Abstract

Purpose
To determine the feasibility of using parent-reported outcome measures of the Paediatric Pain Profile (PPP), Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children (SDSC) and Care and Comfort Hypertonicity Questionnaire (CCHQ) as repeated outcome measures of change at weekly intervals for children with dyskinetic cerebral palsy (CP). The secondary aim was to explore the efficacy of individualised movement intervention.

Material and methods
In this pilot feasibility study a single subject research design was utilised. Three children with dyskinetic CP, completed 5 weeks of parent-reported baseline assessments, 8 weekly sessions of intervention and 5 weeks of follow up.

Results
All children completed 18 weeks of the study, with no missing data. There was evidence of parent-reported improvements in their child’s pain and care and comfort between the baseline and intervention phases.

Conclusions
The PPP, SDSC and CCHQ were feasible to assess pain, sleep and comfort before and after an intervention in children with dyskinetic CP. There is preliminary evidence that individualised movement intervention as little as once a week may help improve pain, sleep and improve ease of care and comfort.

Keywordsdyskinetic cerebral palsy; dystonia; movement therapy; pain; single subject research design; feasibility study
Year2022
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Journal citation45 (10), pp. 1646-1654
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0963-8288
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2022.2072007
PubMed ID35544592
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85130276044
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09638288.2022.2072007
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Online11 May 2022
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Accepted23 Apr 2022
Deposited27 Mar 2023
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