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Title: Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial of home-based computerized executive function training for children with cerebral palsy
Author: García-Galant, María
Blasco, Montse
Reid, Lee
Pannek, Kerstin
Leiva Ureña, David
Laporta-Hoyos, Olga
Ballester Plané, Júlia
Miralbell Blanch, Júlia
Caldú i Ferrús, Xavier
Alonso, Xènia
Toro Tamargo, Esther
Meléndez Plumed, Mar
Gimeno, Francisca
Coronas Puig-Pallarols, Marc
Soro-Camats, Emili
Boyd, Roslyn
Pueyo Benito, Roser
Keywords: Paràlisi cerebral
Teràpia cognitiva per a infants
Diagnòstic per la imatge
Cerebral palsy
Cognitive therapy for children
Diagnostic imaging
Issue Date: 7-Jan-2020
Publisher: BioMed Central
Abstract: Background: Cerebral palsy (CP) is frequently associated with specific cognitive impairments, such as executive dysfunction which are related to participation and quality of life (QOL). The proposed study will examine whether a computerized executive function (EF) training programme could provide superior benefits for executive functioning, participation, QOL and brain plasticity, as compared to usual care. Methods: A single-blind randomized controlled trial (RCT) design will be performed. Thirty children with CP aged 8 to 12 years will participate in a home-based computerized multi-modal executive training programme (12 weeks, 5 days a week, 30 min a day training, total dose = 30 h). Thirty children with CP matched by age, sex, motor and intelligence quotient (IQ) will compose the waitlist group. Cognitive, behavioural, emotional, participation and QOL measures will be obtained at three time points: before, immediately after and 9 months after completing the training. Additionally, structural and functional (resting state) magnetic resonance images (MRI) will be obtained in a subsample of 15 children from each group. Outcomes between groups will be compared following standard principles for RCTs. Discussion: The study will test whether the cognitive training programme exerts a positive effect not only on neuropsychological and daily functioning of children with CP but also on other measures such as participation and QOL. We will also use brain MRI to test brain functional and structural changes after the intervention. If this on-line and home-based training programme proves effective, it could be a cost-effective intervention with short- and long-term effects on EF, participation or QOL in CP.
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It is part of: BMC Pediatrics, 2020, vol. 20, num. 9, p. 1-9
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ISSN: 1471-2431
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