Journal article

Clinical practice of health professionals working in early detection for infants with or at risk of cerebral palsy across New Zealand

Sian A Williams, Anna Mackey, Alexandra Sorhage, Malcolm Battin, Nichola Wilson, Alicia Spittle, N Susan Stott

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | WILEY | Published : 2020


AIM: A diagnosis of cerebral palsy (CP) can, and should, be made as early as possible. This work describes current clinical practice around the awareness and use of diagnostic tools for the detection of CP in New Zealand (NZ). METHODS: A purpose-developed survey distributed electronically to NZ clinicians working with young children with or at risk of CP. RESULTS: A total of 159 clinicians (including paediatricians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists) participated in this cross-sectional study. Ninety-six percent were aware that a diagnosis of CP can be made by 12 months of age, with high levels of awareness of the use of magnetic resonance imaging (94%), Prechtl's qualitative asse..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Collette Muir and Waroud Alzaher for their input into this project. For assistance with recruitment, we would like to thank the participating Neonatal Clinical Directors, The Paediatric Society of NZ, The NZ Paediatric Orthopaedic Society, and The Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. This project was supported by the Starship Foundation Research grant. SA Williams is partially funded by the Australasian Cerebral Palsy Clinical trials Network Centre for Research Excellence (AusCP-CTN CRE).