A1 Journal article – refereed
Quality of life of Finnish children with cerebral palsy




List of Authors: Sanna Böling, Tarja Varho, Tuula Kiviranta, Leena Haataja
Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Publication year: 2016
Journal: Disability and Rehabilitation
Journal name in source: DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION
Journal acronym: DISABIL REHABIL
Volume number: 38
Number of pages: 6
ISSN: 0963-8288

Abstract
Purpose: The aim of this study was to examine the quality of life (QOL) of Finnish children with cerebral palsy (CP) in different parts of Finland from the children's and caregivers' perspectives. The acceptability of the Finnish version of the CP QOL-Child questionnaire for clinical use is also evaluated. Method: This study was conducted in 2010-2013 as a part of the national CP-project. It is based on validated CP QOL-Child questionnaires. Children between 9 and 12 years were asked to fill in the child-self-report version. Caregivers who had a 4- to 12-year-old child with CP filled in parent-proxy reports. Results: Responses were obtained from 63 children and 161 caregivers. The response rates were 63 and 60%, respectively. Overall QOL was reported to be fairly good with no significant regional differences within Finland. Children reported significantly higher QOL in all QOL-domains except social wellbeing and acceptance than their caregivers did. The results showed acceptable levels of internal consistency of the Finnish version of the CP QOL-Child. Conclusions: QOL of children with CP is quite good in Finland. However, barriers to participation and the impact of disability and pain impair QOL. The Finnish version of the CP QOL-Child questionnaire is an appropriate clinical tool to assess QOL.

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