Journal article

Barriers and facilitators to community participation for preschool age children born very preterm: a prospective cohort study

Kate L Cameron, Tara L FitzGerald, Reem A Albesher, Jennifer L McGinley, Kim Allison, Katherine J Lee, Jeanie LY Cheong, Alicia J Spittle

Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

AIM: We compared preschool age children born very preterm with term-born controls to: (1) understand the association between very preterm birth and community participation, (2) determine if motor impairment or social risk affect participation differently between groups, and (3) understand environmental barriers and supports to participation for parents. METHOD: Forty-eight children born very preterm (<30wks' gestation; 22 males, 26 females) and 96 controls (47 males, 49 females) were assessed at 4 to 5 years' corrected age for community participation using the Young Children's Participation and Environment Measure. Motor skills were assessed using the Movement Assessment Battery for Children..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (Centre of Research Excellence)


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia


Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the families in the Victorian Infant Brain Studies-2 for their participation in our research. We also thank the Victorian Infant Brain Studies team, in particular, research nurse, Merilyn Bear. This work is supported by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (Centre of Research Excellence #1060733; Career Development Fellowship #1141354 to JC; Career Development Fellowship #1108714 to AS; and Career Development Fellowship #1127984 to KL; Project Grant #1101035 and 1024516), and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. Kate L Cameron's and Tara L Fitz-Gerald's PhD candidatures were supported by The Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and the Centre of Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine. Reem A Albesher's PhD candidature is supported by Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University Scholarship and the Centre of Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine.