Clinimetric Properties of Sitting Balance Measures for Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review

Benjamin B. Bañas, Edward James R. Gorgon
2014 Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics  
Assessment of sitting balance in children and youth with cerebral palsy (CP) is critical in order to design appropriate interventions to enhance activities and participation. This systematic review synthesized research evidence on the reliability, validity, responsiveness to change, and clinical utility of sitting balance measures for children and youth with CP. A two-tiered search in August 2012 using nine peerreviewed electronic databases yielded nine articles with relevant information on
more » ... information on seven clinical measures. Four of seven clinical measures: the Pediatric Reach Test (PRT), Sitting Assessment for Children with Neuromotor Dysfunction (SACND), Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATCo), and Trunk Control Measurement Scale (TCMS), demonstrate acceptable overall applicability (at least one study supporting clinical utility, reliability, and validity) and are thus recommended for use in practice. Ongoing research on responsiveness to change, however, is warranted to support validity for outcomes measurement.
doi:10.3109/01942638.2014.881952 pmid:24490854 fatcat:gejftld4mzaadinvmpyoi7sg6i