Journal article

Accuracy of Two Motor Assessments during the First Year of Life in Preterm Infants for Predicting Motor Outcome at Preschool Age

Alicia J Spittle, Katherine J Lee, Megan Spencer-Smith, Lucy E Lorefice, Peter J Anderson, Lex W Doyle



AIM: The primary aim of this study was to investigate the accuracy of the Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS) and Neuro-Sensory Motor Developmental Assessment (NSMDA) over the first year of life for predicting motor impairment at 4 years in preterm children. The secondary aims were to assess the predictive value of serial assessments over the first year and when using a combination of these two assessment tools in follow-up. METHOD: Children born <30 weeks' gestation were prospectively recruited and assessed at 4, 8 and 12 months' corrected age using the AIMS and NSMDA. At 4 years' corrected age children were assessed for cerebral palsy (CP) and motor impairment using the Movement Assessment B..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by grants from the National Health and Medical Council (Project Grant ID 284512, Early Career Fellowship (AJS) ID 1053767, Senior Research Fellowship (PJA) ID 628371), the Cerebral Palsy Alliance (Project Grant), Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Myer Foundation, Allens Arthur Robinson, Thyne Reid Foundation and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.