Systematic review of early intervention programmes for children from birth to nine years who have a physical disability

Ziviani, Jenny, Feeney, Rachel, Rodger, Sylvia and Watter, Pauline (2010) Systematic review of early intervention programmes for children from birth to nine years who have a physical disability. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57 4: 210-223. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1630.2010.00850.x


Author Ziviani, Jenny
Feeney, Rachel
Rodger, Sylvia
Watter, Pauline
Title Systematic review of early intervention programmes for children from birth to nine years who have a physical disability
Journal name Australian Occupational Therapy Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0766
1440-1630
Publication date 2010-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2010.00850.x
Volume 57
Issue 4
Start page 210
End page 223
Total pages 14
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
Formatted abstract
Aim: 
To systematically review the literature on the effectiveness of early intervention programmes for children with physical disabilities.

Methods: 
Twelve electronic databases were searched for articles published between 1990 and April 2008. The quality of articles was appraised using an adapted version of the Checklist for the Evaluation of Research Articles and the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) scale.

Results: 

Ten studies were included in the review. Cross-sectional and interrupted time-series studies were of moderate methodological quality, whereas the non-randomised control trial was of moderate-to-high methodological quality. Studies differed considerably with respect to participants, types of intervention and outcomes measured.

Conclusions: 
Positive outcomes for both children and families have resulted from early intervention. However, methodological limitations hamper a more rigorous analysis of findings across studies.
© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 Australian Association of Occupational Therapists
Keyword Children
Early intervention
Physical disability
Programme effectiveness
Systematic review
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published under Review Article.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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