Journal article

Equivalent Retention of Gains at 1 Year After Training With Constraint-Induced or Bimanual Therapy in Children With Unilateral Cerebral Palsy

Leanne Sakzewski, Jenny Ziviani, David F Abbott, Richard AL Macdonell, Graeme D Jackson, Roslyn N Boyd

Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2011


OBJECTIVES: To determine retention of treatment outcomes at 52 weeks following a matched-pairs randomized comparison trial of constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) and bimanual training (BIM). METHODS: Sixty-four children (mean age = 10.2 ± 2.7 years, 52% male) were included. The Melbourne Assessment of Unilateral Upper Limb Function (MUUL), Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA), and Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) were the primary outcome measures. Evaluations were at baseline and at 26 and 52 weeks. RESULTS: There were no baseline differences between groups on any measure. No significant differences were found between groups on primary outcomes at 52 weeks. Both groups reta..

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

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research and/or authorship of this article: The research was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) for a project grant (INCITE: A randomised trial of novel upper limb rehabilitation in children with congenital hemiplegia NHMRC no. 368550), Dora Lush Postgraduate Scholarship (NHMRC no. 384488) and Career Development Grant (NHMRC no. 473860).