Motor factors associated with health-related quality-of-life in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy

Chien-Min CHEN, Chung-Yao CHEN, Katie P. WU, Chia-Ling CHEN, Hung-Chih HSU, Sing Kai LO

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Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to examine the relationship between fine and gross motor skills and cerebral palsy-specific quality-of-life in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy. Design: Thirty-nine children with cerebral palsy (29 boys, 10 girls; mean age ± SD, 8.8 ± 2.3 yrs) classified under Gross Motor Function Classification System Level I or II were enrolled. Health-related quality-of-life was evaluated using the Cerebral Palsy Quality of Life Questionnaire for Children (parent-proxy version). Motor functions were measured using the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency. Results: Regression analysis for QOL revealed fine motor skills, including upper-limb speed and dexterity, which are positively correlated to functioning (r² = 0.205, P < 0.01), and visual-motor control that is positively correlated to other domains, including social well-being and acceptance, participation and physical health, emotional well-being and self-esteem, and family health (r² = 0.150-0.188, P < 0.05). Conclusions: Fine motor functions, including upper-limb speed and dexterity and visual-motor control, were the most important motor factors associated with health-related quality-of-life in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy. Copyright © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)940-947
JournalAmerican journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation
Volume90
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

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Chen, C.-M., Chen, C.-Y., Wu, K. P., Chen, C.-L., Hsu, H.-C., & Lo, S.-K. (2011). Motor factors associated with health-related quality-of-life in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy. American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation, 90(11), 940-947.

Keywords

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Fine motor function
  • Gross motor function
  • Quality-of-life