Development and reliability of a system to classify the eating and drinking ability of people with cerebral palsy

Diane Sellers, Anne Mandy, Lindsay Pennington, M. Hankins, Chris Morris

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to develop a valid classification system to describe eating and METHOD four stages in consultation with individuals with CP, parents, and health professionals: Stage 1, drafting informed by literature and clinical experience; Stage 2, modification by nominal groups; Stage 3, refinement in an international Delphi survey; and Stage 4, testing of agreement and reliability between classifications made by speech and language therapists (SaLTs), and between SaLTs and parents.The Eating and Drinking Ability Classification System (EDACS) was developed in RESULTS rounds of the Delphi survey. Using the version of EDACS produced from this process, SaLTs in pairs classified 100 children. The rate of absolute agreement was 78% (kappa intraclass correlation coefficient [ICC] disagreement was only by one level, with one exception. SaLTs and parents classified 48 children. The rate of absolute agreement was 58% (kappa Parents either agreed with SaLTs or rated their children as more able by one level.Seven nominal groups involved 56 participants; 95 people participated in two=0.72;=0.93; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.90–0.95). Any=0.45, ICC=0.86; 95% CI 0.76–0.92). INTERPRETATION drinking performance of people with CP, for use in both clinical and research contexts.The EDACS provides a valid and reliable system for classifying eating and drinking performance of people with CP, for use in both clinical and research contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-251
Number of pages7
JournalDevelopmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Volume56
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2014

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