Cerebral Palsy: Science and Clinical Practice – Chapter 6: A Global Perspective (ebook)


Chapter 6 of the book – A Global Perspective

Maureen S Durkin

This chapter has provided a summary of what is known or can be reasonably inferred about the prevalence of, and some of the major risk factors for, CP in LMICs. Recent developments in concepts of disability and related international policies, and strategies for extending rehabilitation services in low-resource settings have also been discussed. Despite progress that has been made in our understanding of the causes of CP and therapeutic options, human development and the brain development of infants and children in LMICs are being compromised globally each day because of exposures and causes we know how to prevent. These include undernutrition, iodine deficiency, kernicterus, infections, and lack of access to newborn screening and primary healthcare, among others. The extension to most of the world’s population living in LMICs of proven strategies to prevent CP needs to be viewed as a global public health priority, and no less important than the need to make new discoveries about the causes and strategies for preventing and managing CP in all populations.

About the complete book

This landmark title considers all aspects of cerebral palsy from the causes to clinical problems and their implications for individuals. An international team of experts provides clinicians and researchers with key information on the mechanisms underlying impairments in movement, development, cognition, communication, vision, feeding, behaviour, sexuality, and musculoskeletal deformities.  They present a wide range of person-centred assessment approaches, including clinical evaluation, measurement scales, neuroimaging and gait analysis. The principles of multi-disciplinary management are presented, in terms of therapist intervention, medication and surgery. The perspective of the book spans the lifelong course of cerebral palsy, taking into account worldwide differences in socio-economic and cultural factors. Many chapters are illustrated with clinical vignettes enabling direct translation into practice. Full integrated colour, with extensive cross-referencing make this a highly attractive and useful reference.

Readership: Paediatric neurologists, developmental paediatricians, rehabilitation doctors, orthopaedic surgeons, child psychiatrists, physiotherapists speech and language therapists psychologists, occupational therapists and other health and educational professionals.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine Series.