Variability in Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis.
Bhooma R Aravamuthan, Darcy Fehlings, Sheetal Shetty, Michael Fahey, Laura Gilbert, Ann Tilton, Michael C Kruer
Pediatrics | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND: Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common childhood motor disability. The emergence of genetic CP etiologies, variable inclusion of hypotonic CP in international registries, and involvement of different medical disciplines in CP diagnosis can promote diagnostic variability. This variability could adversely affect patients' understanding of their symptoms and access to care. Therefore, we sought to determine the presence and extent of practice variability in CP diagnosis. METHODS: We surveyed physicians in the United States and Canada interested in CP on the basis of membership in the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine or the Child Neurology Society Neonata..View full abstract