Physical Therapy Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-2019

Journal

Pediatric Physical Therapy

Volume

31

Issue

2

First Page

156

Last Page

163

URL with Digital Object Identifier

https://doi.org/10.1097/PEP.0000000000000577

Abstract

PURPOSE: This study aimed to describe Early Activity Scale for Endurance (EASE) scores and 6-minute walk test (6MWT) distances of children with cerebral palsy (CP) by functional ability level, sex, and age and to examine the convergent validity of the 2 tests.

METHODS: A total of 708 participants with CP, Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels I to V, completed the EASE, and 376 of the study participants (3-12years), GMFCS levels I to III, completed the 6MWT.

RESULTS: Children with CP vary in EASE scores and 6MWT distances based on GMFCS level and, to a lesser extent, age. The EASE and the 6MWT demonstrate a statistically significant but low, positive correlation.

CONCLUSIONS: Understanding the relationship between these outcomes and GMFCS levels and age assists clinicians in establishing plans of care targeted at improving endurance for activity and functional walking capacity for children with CP.

Notes

This is an author-accepted manuscript. The final published version by the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association can be found at: https://journals.lww.com/pedpt/fulltext/2019/04000/Validity_of_the_Early_Activity_Scale_for_Endurance.9.aspx

This article is emerged from research conducted by the On Track Study Team, which includes Dr. Doreen Bartlett, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University.

The On Track Study was funded by: The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, MOP-119276 and The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, CE-12-11-5321.

Available for download on Wednesday, April 01, 2020

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