Improved Care for Cerebral Palsy Patients
The Cerebral Palsy Program is planning to expand services for children and their families, exploring avenues for better service delivery and initiation of research endeavors and building a diverse and comprehensive team of professionals. Developments include interdisciplinary clinics, planning of a motion laboratory for gait analysis, provision of selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery, and planning to implement research into novel combinations of robotic gait therapy and functional electrical stimulation.
Jilda Vargus-Adams, MD, and Doug Kinnett, MD, lead the working group that is formulating the plan and budget for the next five years to make this a world-class program in the management of children with cerebral palsy. In collaboration with the Perlman Center, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery and the Anderson Center and with input from families, planning is being implemented for a comprehensive healthcare delivery system providing the best possible care while seeking out and applying discoveries through research and compassion for improving the quality of life of children with CP.
This coming year will see the introduction of team members at the annual Aaron Perlman Conference for Cerebral Palsy at Cincinnati Children’s, approval of a budget to support and expand this program and expansion of clinic availability to patients and families.