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Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sharmila Jandial,
Emerita Professor Helen Foster
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Background: The paediatric Gait, Arms, Legs and Spine (pGALS) musculoskeletal examination tool is validated for use in school-aged English Speaking children and shown to be practical and effective in acute paediatric practice in the UK and Malawi. Our aim was to assess the acceptability and practicality of a Spanish translation of pGALS in an acute paediatric setting in Peru.Findings: Fifty-three school-aged children presenting to Hospital Regional de Loreto, Peru were recruited to undergo a pGALS examination using a Spanish translation of the instructions. The pGALS examination was completed in 92.5% (49/53), with the time taken (median 4.42 minutes) being acceptable to most parents (98.1%, 52/53). Most children (88.7%, 47/53), found the pGALS examination caused 'little' or 'no additional discomfort'. Using pGALS, significant findings were observed in 18/53 (34%) children; these related to fractures (4/18), hypermobility (4/18), infectious causes (5/18) and soft tissue trauma (5/18).Conclusion: Using this Spanish translation, pGALS assessment was practical, acceptable and effective in detecting musculoskeletal changes in many children.
Author(s): Abernethy K, Jandial S, Hill L, Sanchez ES, Foster H
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Pediatric Rheumatology
Online publication date: 20/11/2014
Acceptance date: 14/11/2014
ISSN (print): 0080-2727
ISSN (electronic): 1546-0096
Publisher: S. Karger AG
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