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Fisioterapia em Movimento

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CAMARGOS, Ana Cristina Resende et al. Relationship between functional independence and quality of life in cerebral palsy. Fisioter. mov. [online]. 2012, vol.25, n.1, pp.83-92. ISSN 1980-5918.

INTRODUCTION: Cerebral palsy (CP) can limit the performance of functional activities and quality of life of these individuals. OBJECTIVES: Evaluate the relationship between functional independence and quality of life of children with CP. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The sample was composed of 30 children with diagnosis of CP. The Child Health Questionnaire (CHQ-PF50) was used to measure the quality of life and the Part I (functional skills) of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (Pedi) was used to evaluate the functionality. The test of correlation Spearman was used to assess the relationship between these variables. RESULTS:Significant correlations were found between the domains of physical function and limitation of daily activities due to emotional and behavioral aspects of all areas of the Pedi (p < 0,05). The domain of limitation of daily activities due to physical and perceived health were associated with areas of self care and social function (p < 0,05). The global function only showed a significant relationship with self-care and mental health presented an inverse relationship with the mobility (p < 0,05). CONCLUSIONS:No domain of CHQ-PF50 presented a strong correlation with areas of Pedi, which shows that these questionnaires assess different constructs. These results may help in planning strategies for assessment and intervention for children with CP.

Keywords : Cerebral palsy; Quality of life; Activities of daily living.

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