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[Comment] Quality of life in adolescents with cerebral palsy

06 Oct 2014

Child development is dynamic and multidimensional, with genetic and epigenetic building blocks upon which the complex effects of environment are overlaid (ie, nurture through nature).1 In children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, developmental outcome is more than the result of medical treatment, and includes the child's communication, coping, and problem-solving skills; educational opportunities; family adaptation; and service delivery2—factors all shown by quality of life (QoL). WHO's definition of QoL as “the individual's perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value system in which they live, and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards, and concerns”3 represents the validation of the unique value of every person, typically developing or with a disability.

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