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Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Helen McConachie,
Dr Shahaduz Zaman
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Objective: To compare the efficacy of an outreach program for young children with cerebral palsy with center-based and "minimal intervention" control groups. Design: Randomized controlled tial conducted in a group of 85 children between the ages of 1.5 and 5 years. Urban children were allocated to a daily center-based mother-child group or to monthly training of their parents along with a pictorial guidance manual. Rural children were allocated either to parent training or health advice. Outcome measures were changes in children's adaptive skills, maternal stress and adaptation to the child, satisfaction with social support, and knowledge of handling a physically disabled child. Results: Fifty-eight children were successfully followed up. The pattern of change in children's adaptive skills was as predicted (ie, least progress in the health advice group). positive effects of intervention also included increased maternal knowledge and perceived helpfulness of support from formal sources, However, maternal adaptation increased most in the health advice group with minimal intervention. When children had attended a program at least 4 times, their skills improved, and mothers' adaptation did increase. Conclusions: Outreach training for mothers in Bangladesh can help them to improve the skills of their young children with cerebral palsy and is perceived as helpful.
Author(s): McConachie H; Zaman S; Huq S; Munir S; Ferdous S; Khan NZ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Pediatrics
ISSN (print): 0022-3476
ISSN (electronic): 1097-6833
Publisher: Mosby, Inc.
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