Disorders of movement and posture associated with cerebral palsy (CP) often
lead to childhood difficulties with feeding, eating, drinking and swallowing which extend into
adulthood. The consequences of compromised eating and drinking skills include respiratory
disease, due to food and fluid entering the lungs, and malnutrition, leading to poor growth and
health. There is no agreement in clinical and research contexts about the classification of
eating and drinking abilities of people with CP to reflect severity of limitations to function.
The study aim was to develop a valid and reliable system to classify eating and drinking
performance of people with CP, using a pragmatic Mixed Methods approach.
|Date of Award||1 Jan 2014|