Surveillance of cerebral palsy in Europe: a collaboration of cerebral palsy surveys and registers

Chrisine Cans, Jacqueline Parkes

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Although cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common cause of motor deficiency in young children, it occurs in only 2 to 3 per 1000 live births. In order to monitor prevalence rates, especially within subgroups (birthweight, clinical type), it is necessary to study large populations. A network of CP surveys and registers was formed in 14 centres in eight countries across Europe. Differences in prevalence rates of CP in the centres prior to any work on harmonization of data are reported. The subsequent process to standardize the definition of CP, inclusion/exclusion criteria, classification, and description of children with CP is outlined. The consensus that was reached on these issues will make it possible to monitor trends in CP rate, to provide a framework for collaborative research, and a basis for services planning among European countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)816-824
Number of pages9
JournalDevelopmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2000

Bibliographical note

Unrecognised author: 'as part of the Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe Project Group'

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • General Neuroscience


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