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Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Doreen Bartlett


The primary aim of this study was to establish functional profiles for children with cerebral palsy (CP), by determining the relationships between three classification systems (the Gross Motor Function Classification System, the Manual Ability Classification System, and the Communication Function Classification System). The secondary aim of this study was to investigate the number and impact of health conditions in the most prevalent clusters. Data were analyzed on 222 children with CP with an average age of 6.1 years, from several locations across North America. A total of 56 out of 125 possible combinations were recorded; four most prevalent cell combinations arose. The number and impact of health conditions increased incrementally as functional ability decreased. The use of these three functional systems, combined with data on health conditions, provides a holistic picture of CP to be used for practical and clinical purposes.