Life expectancy estimation in cerebral palsy – a paediatrician’s approach

Clin Risk 2008;14:130-132
doi:10.1258/cr.2008.080040
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Richard Miles

Email: Richard.miles{at}doctors.org.uk

Paediatricians involved in providing reports for cerebral palsylitigation are often asked to give an opinion on life expectancyand this article outlines the approach taken by one paediatrician.

The article describes how statistical data is available, particularyfrom America, to guide the clinician and the Court. This dataacts as the starting point. The two factors that affect lifeexpectancy most of all in the data are mobility and feedingability, hence tables and survival curves are provided withinthe publications cited so that additional years of survivalcan be assessed for individuals in the different functionalgroups. The article describes how it is the clinicians’ roleto assess the individual’s functional capabilities and any relevantclinical issues and ‘interpret’ the data accordingly.

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