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Issues of concern after a single-event multilevel surgery in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy.
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PMID:  20104160     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: This study was performed to identify issues of concern to parents after single-event multilevel surgery in ambulatory patients with cerebral palsy. METHODS: Parents' reports of concern were obtained for 72 ambulatory patients with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (group H; mean age 8.7 y) and 170 ambulatory patients with diplegia (group D; mean age 8.9 y), who had undergone single-event multilevel surgery and were followed for more than 1 year (mean follow-up 5.5 y). Data were acquired using a postal survey. Issues of concern to parents were evaluated using a 5-point Likert scale (1 to 5) for each of 33 items, which was designed for this study. RESULTS: The top 3 issues of concern after surgery were unequal limb circumference, the operative scar, and recurrence in group H, and the operative scar, play activity, and recurrence in group D. Overall concerns were greater in group D (P=0.001) whereas group H was more concerned about appearance such as unequal leg length and circumference (P=0.001, <0.001). The issue of concern that showed the best correlation with parental satisfaction was the insufficient rehabilitation in group H (r=-0.457, P<0.001) and the improvement in walking ability in group D (r=-0.552, P<0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Even though parental concern over insufficient rehabilitation and improvement in walking ability showed the best correlation with parental satisfaction, related issues such as unequal leg circumference and surgical scar scored high, which appear irrelevant to the purpose of the surgical procedures. Parents' understanding should be established regarding surgical outcomes and limitations before single-event multilevel surgery. Clinicians need to pay more attention to potentially treatable issues that cause concern to parents, such as operative scars. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Diagnostic level 3.
Moon Seok Park; Chin Youb Chung; Sang Hyeong Lee; In Ho Choi; Tae-Joon Cho; Won Joon Yoo; Kyoung Min Lee
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pediatric orthopedics     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1539-2570     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pediatr Orthop     Publication Date:    2009 Oct-Nov
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-27     Completed Date:  2010-05-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109053     Medline TA:  J Pediatr Orthop     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  765-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Bundang-Gu, Sungnam, Kyungki, Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Cerebral Palsy / physiopathology,  surgery*
Child, Preschool
Disability Evaluation
Follow-Up Studies
Parents / psychology*
Patient Satisfaction
Severity of Illness Index
Statistics, Nonparametric
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome

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