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Title:

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

Author(s):

Dodds C, Bjornson KF, Sweeney J, Narayanan UG

Year:

2014

Publication Info:

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

Abstract:

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.

Link to Article:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=10.3233%2FPRM-150322.

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