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Profile of associated impairments at age 5 years in Australia by cerebral palsy subtype and Gross Motor Function Classification System level for birth years 1996 to 2005

Michael J Delacy, Susan M Reid



AIM: To describe the distribution of impairments among persons with cerebral palsy (CP) in a large Australian cohort. METHOD: Records of persons on the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register (ACPR) (n=3466) born from 1996 to 2005 were reviewed to extract year of birth, sex, CP subtype, Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) level, and impairments in vision, hearing, speech, intellect, and epilepsy. The distributions of GMFCS levels and CP subtype were plotted, and the proportions of each level of impairment were tabulated and presented as stacked graphs within the GMFCS and CP subtype distributions. RESULTS: The proportions of persons with CP with each associated impairment increased..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Queensland Cerebral Palsy Register receives funding from the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and support from CPL - Choice, Passion, Life. The Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register receives funding from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and infrastructure support from the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The second author received salary support through an Early Career Fellowship (2014-2017) from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. This supplement was funded by the Research Foundation, Cerebral Palsy Alliance.