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Title: [Evaluation of function and limiting factors of gait disorder treatment in cerebral palsy: development of the Walking Abilities Levels Classification System].
Other Titles: Evaluación funcional y de factores limitantes del tratamiento de los trastornos de la marcha en la parálisis cerebral infantil: desarrollo del sistema de clasificación de niveles de deambulación funcional.
Issue Date: 2020
Citation: Rev Neurol.2020;(71)7:246-252
Abstract: The Gross Motor Function Classification System has allowed us to stratificate cerebral palsy patients, according to their walking abilities. The lack of sensitivity about detecting changes and the absence of a global patient evaluation, justify the search of new pre-operative evaluation tools. To present the Walking Abilities Levels Classification System (WALCS) and to show the first inter-observer agreement study that has been carried out. This system uses first a different pattern for ordering gait functional skills, and after that, evaluates the reversibility of the contextual factors that may limit the result of a gait disorder treatment. A new evaluation frame was built by an interdisciplinary team with an average professional experience of more than 15 years, initially focused as part of the pre-surgical patient evaluation. An inter-observer agreement study was held to gain the first insight of it. 14 participants studied the medical reports and gait lab video images of 10 cases. The kappa index was 0.76 for the walking ability level, 0.79 for the biological type, 0.69 psychological type and 0.64 social type of limiting factors. The WALCS offers a new evaluation frame gathering patient walking skills and limiting factors treatment. The initial inter-observer agreement rate endorsed more intra- and inter-studies in order to achieve a more robust validation.
PMID: 32959356
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