Updates from Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology – November 2021

Updates from Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology – November 2021

17th November, 2021

Please see below for the latest updates from DMCN and highlights from our latest issue.

We are only weeks away from our next publication, Children with Vision Impairment: Assessment, Development, and Management by Naomi Dale, Alison Salt, Jenefer Sargent, and Rebecca Greenaway! This title brings together over 40 years of clinical and practical guidance, so make sure you’ve saved a place on your bookshelf. Interested in finding out more? Check out the author podcast below for the book’s highlights.

In DMCN news, we have highlights including classification of pain in children with cerebral palsy by Vinkel et al. and a mixed-method systematic review of health service use among adults with cerebral palsy. Don’t miss this month’s key podcast: Neurological Impairment and Disability in Children in Rural Kenya by Jonathan Abuga

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Key papers published this month

Classification of pain in children with cerebral palsy
In this paper, Vinkel et al. provide an overview of pain conditions in children with cerebral palsy and propose a tool to assess pain that benefits both the researcher classifying pain and the clinician diagnosing it.
Long-term effects of spasticity treatment, including selective dorsal rhizotomy, for individuals with cerebral palsy
MacWilliams et al. measure outcomes ranging from body structures and function to participation and quality of life to assess the long-term effects of spasticity treatment in cerebral palsy.
Health service use among adults with cerebral palsy: a mixed-methods systematic review
This comprehensive systematic review of observational and qualitative studies by Manikandan et al. explored the proportion of adults with cerebral palsy using health services, their frequency of use, and experiences/perceptions of health services for this population.

Author Guidelines
Our Author Guidelines continue to develop and have recently been updated. We now encourage authors to recruit study samples representing the population in terms of sex, ethnicity, and income. Equally, when forming research teams and involving co-authors, we ask authors to be mindful of the benefits of diversity in every sense, including (but not limited to) career-stage, sex, and ethnicity. Participation of individuals with lived experience of disabilities should also be considered.
View these changes and others including revisions to the Terminology section in the Author Guidelines.


Jonathan Abuga discusses his paper Neurological impairment and disability in children in rural Kenya.

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