Major

Nursing RN/BSN Akron

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2019

Abstract

Abstract

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a multi-faceted movement disorder that affects the lives of approximately 500,000 children in America and millions across the globe. Traditional treatment involves physical and occupational therapies. The purpose of this systematic review is to identify, describe, and critically appraise the evidence about the effectiveness of alternative therapies including hippotherapy, aquatic therapy, and robotic gait training in children with CP. Researchers have found that these therapies improve gross motor function and balance. This review focuses on determining which age subpopulation would benefit most. A critical appraisal of studies is conducted and followed by recommendations for practice based on the findings, validity, reliability, and applicability of the studies. This systematic review may have implications in the nursing care of children with CP and nurse advocacy for increased availability of alternative treatments. Further, this project is an example of what baccalaureate-prepared nurses do to determine evidence for practice.

Research Sponsor

Michelle Zelko

First Reader

Carol Scotto

Second Reader

Shelly Sabastina

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