Classification of Cerebral Palsy Subtypes
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00072800|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 11, 2003
Last Update Posted : March 4, 2008
This study, conducted at the National Institutes of Health and the Children's National Medical Center, will evaluate how well different physicians agree in how they classify cerebral palsy subtypes based on patient examination. Cerebral palsy is divided into several subtypes, according to the primary underlying muscle abnormality and its distribution and severity. Classification of these subtypes is important for conducting rehabilitation research studies on patients with the same type of abnormality. However, doctors do not always classify cerebral palsy types in the same way. This study will examine methods for improving agreement among doctors in their classification of cerebral palsy subtypes.
Children between 6 and 18 years of age with cerebral palsy who can voluntarily move their arms and legs may be eligible for this study. Participants will be examined by at least three doctors or therapists. The examinations take 30-60 minutes. For the examination, a doctor or therapist will do the following:
- Observe the patient at rest
- Gently move the patient's arms and legs and then have the patient move his or her arms and legs
- Check the patient's reflexes
- Observe the patient walking, if the patient is able to walk
Patients will be asked to remain in the clinic for up to 3 hours while researchers discuss the examination and may be asked to repeat part of the study examination.
|Condition or disease|
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Estimated Enrollment :||115 participants|
|Official Title:||Classification of Cerebral Palsy Subtypes|
|Study Start Date :||November 2003|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||August 2005|
To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00072800
|United States, Maryland|
|National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892|