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The Effect of Supported Physical Activity on Parental-Reported Health-Related Quality of Life in Children with Medical Complexity


Dodds C, Bjornson KF, Sweeney J, Narayanan UG



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Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 8(2):83-95


PURPOSE: To investigate the impact of a 5-week supported physical activity (PA) intervention on parental report of health-related quality of life (HRQL) in children with medical complexity (CMC).
METHODS: Twenty-nine CMC participated in 180 minutes of supported PA daily. A pre- and post-test design was used to assess HRQL total and domain scores as reported by parents. The relationship between supported PA duration and HRQL was also examined.
RESULTS: Children with medical complexity experienced no adverse effects with the supported PA intervention. Significant improvements in HRQL scores (P < 0.05) were demonstrated. A 5- to 8-point HRQL improvement occurred when CMC engaged in an average of 40 minutes of PA daily.
CONCLUSION: Short-term, supported PA enhanced parental report of HRQL in children with medical complexity. Supported PA appears safe for CMC and rehabilitation therapists should explore methods to expand opportunities for participation.

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