The CP-Achieve webinar series- Wednesday 29 March at 5pm

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 12:00 PM

Implications of providing wrist-hand orthoses for children with cerebral palsy: Evidence from the Minimising Impairment randomised controlled trial

Children with CP are at risk of developing tightness in the muscles of the wrist and hand, which can lead to loss of movement. This can make it hard for children to use their hands for activities or for caregivers to manage caring tasks. Therapists traditionally give children with CP wrist-hand orthoses (splints) to wear at night. We think these orthoses gives a stretch to the hand that reduces muscle tightness and increases (passive) wrist movement, but we are not sure. The aim of this study was to find out. We now look forward to sharing our findings with you!

Prof. Christine Imms is the Apex Australia Foundation Chair of Neurodevelopment and Disability at the University of Melbourne and Founding Director of Healthy Trajectories: A child and youth disability research hub on the Melbourne Children’s Campus. Christine is an occupational therapist, academic and researcher and the Chief Investigator of the Minimising Impairment randomised controlled trial and CP-Achieve.

Ms. Utsana Tonmukayakul is a Research Fellow at Deakin Health Economics and a Research Associate on CP-Achieve.  Utsana’s knowledge and skills lie in assessing the economic costs and benefits of health interventions as well as the impact of interventions on quality of life. As an investigator on the Minimising Impairment Trial, Utsana has completed analyses looking at the costs, benefits and impacts on quality of life of providing wrist-hand orthoses to children with cerebral palsy.

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