Journal article

Rationale for prescription, and effectiveness of, upper limb orthotic intervention for children with cerebral palsy: a systematic review

Simon Garbellini, Yvette Robert, Melinda Randall, Catherine Elliott, Christine Imms

Disability and Rehabilitation | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

PURPOSE: To explore (i) reasons for upper limb orthosis prescription for children with cerebral palsy (CP), (ii) the link between reason and effect according to intended outcome and outcome measure utilized and (iii) to classify the prescribed orthoses using standard terminology. METHOD: A prospectively registered (center for reviews and dissemination: 42015022067) systematic review searched for experimental and observational studies investigating rigid/thermoplastic upper limb orthotic intervention for children aged 0-18 with CP. The Cochrane central register, MEDLINE, CINAHL, Embase, SCOPUS and Web of Science databases were searched. Included studies were assessed for risk of bias. RESULTS..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Catholic University


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy


Funding Acknowledgements

Simon Garbellini's doctoral studies are nested within two national multicentre randomized controlled trials of upper limb orthoses for children with CP led by Professor Christine Imms. The trials are funded by the Australian Catholic University (REF 2013000413) and supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy (APP 1057997). We would like to thank Kathryn Duncan (Liaison Librarian, Australian Catholic University) for her ongoing advice on the nuances of database searching and her assistance with retrieval and management of articles and Judith Wilton (Occupational Therapist and life member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association) for her advice and clinical guidance.