The Efficacy of Two Models of Intensive Upper Limb Training on Health-Related Quality of Life in Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy Mainstreamed in Regular Schools: A Double-Blinded, Randomized Controlled Trial


PHYSIOTHERAPY THEORY AND PRACTICE, vol.39, no.1, pp.10-25, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09593985.2021.1999355
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, BIOSIS, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.10-25
  • Keywords: Hemiplegia, spastic, health-related quality of life, rehabilitation, constraint-induced movement therapy, bimanual training, INDUCED MOVEMENT THERAPY, FUNCTION CLASSIFICATION-SYSTEM, EXTREMITY SKILLS TEST, GROSS MOTOR FUNCTION, MANUAL ABILITY, PARTICIPATION, RELIABILITY, VALIDITY, ADULTS, QUESTIONNAIRE
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Background Children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP) are at risk of reduced upper limb function and poorer quality of life than their typically developing peers. Although upper limb impairments have potential negative impact on the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in children with hemiplegic CP, the efficacy of upper limb rehabilitation approaches aiming to improve upper limb impairments on HRQOL has not been adequately investigated. Objective This study compares the efficacy of two modes of activity-based upper limb rehabilitation (modified constraint-induced movement therapy [mCIMT] and bimanual training [BIM]) on HRQOL outcomes in children with hemiplegic CP mainstreamed in regular schools. Methods Thirty children with hemiplegic CP aged between 7 and 11 years (mean age 8.53 +/- 1.54 years) who had functional ability levels of I-III according to the Manual Ability Classification System (MACS), Gross Motor Classification System (GMFCS), and Communication Function Classification System (CFCS) were randomly assigned to receive mCIMT or BIM training. Result: Both mCIMT and BIM yielded statistically significant improvements in all HRQOL domains immediately after the 10-week interventions (P < .001), which were retained at 16 weeks. Conclusion While there were some differences in the intervention effects, both of these upper limb rehabilitation approaches based on intensive unimanual or bimanual activity may be beneficial for improving perceived life satisfaction related to physical activity, general mood, family, friends, and school among children with hemiplegic CP mainstreamed in regular schools.