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Fisioterapia e Pesquisa

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MONTEIRO, Carlos Bandeira de Mello; GRACIANI, Zodja; TORRIANI, Camila  and  KOK, Fernando. Characterization of functional abilities in Rett syndrome. Fisioter. Pesqui. [online]. 2009, vol.16, n.4, pp.341-345. ISSN 1809-2950.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S1809-29502009000400010.

The purpose of this study was to determine the areas of greater impairment in functional abilities of patients with Rett syndrome. Sixty-four patients aged 2 to 26 years old, who filled out criteria for the classic form of the disease, were assessed by the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI) of which 197 items are grouped in the areas of self-care, mobility, and social function. From the 73 activities in self-care area, 52 (71.2%) were not accomplished by any patient; in mobility area, among the 59 proposed activities, 8 (13.5%); and in social function area, from 65 activities, 50 (76.9%) could not be accomplished. Adjusted mean results in a 0-to-100 scale were: self-care, 8.9/100, varying from 0 to 19; mobility, 30.2/100, varying from 1 to 44; and social function, 5.2/100, varying from 0 to 14. Strong correlations were found between self-care area and mobility and social function areas, but no significant correlation between the latter. Unfortunately, due to the serious impairment of the disease, the fact that mobility is affected to a lesser degree, as compared to self-care and social function, does not bring Rett syndrome patients any adaptive advantage nor greater independence.

Keywords : Interpersonal relations; Mobility limitation; Rett syndrome; Self care.

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