Use of health services and unmet needs among adults with cerebral palsy in Ireland

Manjula Manikandan, Claire Casey, Anne Doyle, Claire Kerr, Aisling Walsh, Jennifer M Ryan

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AIM: To describe use of health services, unmet needs relating to health services, and identify factors associated with service use among adults with cerebral palsy (CP) in Ireland.

METHOD: Data relating to demographics, secondary diagnoses, current use of health services and assistive devices, and unmet needs for both were obtained on adults with CP from the National Physical and Sensory Disability Database. Logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with service use.

RESULTS: A total of 1268 adults with CP were included in this study. Over half were male (56%) and 78% lived with parents, siblings, or other family relatives. Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and orthotics/prosthetic services were the most commonly used services, used by 57%, 48%, and 35% of the sample respectively. Unmet needs were highest for physiotherapy (23%) and occupational therapy services (13%). Age, sex, living arrangements, and wheelchair use were frequently associated with current service use.

INTERPRETATION: Adults with CP used a wide range of health services and unmet needs were reported for all services. The findings highlight a need for planning and development of services to meet their needs, regardless of their age, mobility level, or living arrangements.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDevelopmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Early online date08 Apr 2022
Publication statusEarly online date - 08 Apr 2022

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© 2022 The Authors. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Mac Keith Press.


  • cerebral palsy
  • health services
  • unmet needs
  • adult


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