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Physiatrists and Developmental Pediatricians Working Together to Improve Outcomes in Children with Spina Bifida

Swanson, ME and Dicianno, BE (2010) Physiatrists and Developmental Pediatricians Working Together to Improve Outcomes in Children with Spina Bifida. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 57 (4). 973 - 981. ISSN 0031-3955

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Based on the experience of 2 physicians from physiatry and developmental pediatrics, this article proposes a framework for improving care and outcomes for children with spina bifida. The combined skills of physiatrists and developmental pediatricians, along with other disciplines, can form the ideal team to manage the complex issues faced by this population. The developmental pediatrician is best suited for directing care for younger children through the elementary and middle school years, during which time behavioral and educational issues are prominent. As the child assumes more responsibility for self-management in adolescence, the physiatrist is ideally suited to provide major clinical input that improves functional outcomes. The addition of the discipline of physiatry to traditional, developmentally oriented pediatric interdisciplinary teams can add the much needed dimensions of activity and participation, and improve functional outcomes at the adult level by encouraging activities in adolescence that lead to full participation in adulthood. © 2010.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Swanson, ME
Dicianno, BEdicianno@pitt.eduDICIANNO0000-0003-0738-0192
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 August 2010
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Pediatric Clinics of North America
Volume: 57
Number: 4
Page Range: 973 - 981
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.pcl.2010.07.016
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0031-3955
Article Type: Review
MeSH Headings: Child; Child Development; Humans; Interdisciplinary Communication; Outcome Assessment (Health Care)--methods; Pediatrics--methods; Psychiatry--methods; Spinal Dysraphism--psychology; Spinal Dysraphism--therapy
PubMed ID: 20883886
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2012 13:30
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 00:55


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