Functional assessment tools for paediatric clients with Juvenile Chronic Arthritis: An update and review for occupational therapists

Brown, Ted and Wallen, Margaret (2002) Functional assessment tools for paediatric clients with Juvenile Chronic Arthritis: An update and review for occupational therapists. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 9 1: 23-34. doi:10.1080/110381202753505836


Author Brown, Ted
Wallen, Margaret
Title Functional assessment tools for paediatric clients with Juvenile Chronic Arthritis: An update and review for occupational therapists
Journal name Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1103-8128
Publication date 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/110381202753505836
Volume 9
Issue 1
Start page 23
End page 34
Total pages 12
Editor Inga-Britt Braenholm
Place of publication Oslo, Norway
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
1103 Clinical Sciences
Abstract Juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA) is one cause of chronic illness and disability in childhood. Traditional clinical assessment of clients with JCA include objective measures of joint deformity, joint swelling, range of motion, duration of morning stiffness, pain, walking speed, running speed and muscle strength. In many instances, these traditional measures have little or no significance or relevance to paediatric clients and their parents whereas functional skills used in everyday living are more likely to be meaningful. Measures of physical, social, and psychological functioning ensure a comprehensive health assessment. Responsible occupational therapy assessment and management of paediatric clients diagnosed with JCA requires the use of reliable, valid and sensitive measures of function. Several instruments are now available which measure a child's or adolescent's functional abilities. In this paper, JCA and the impact of JCA on functional development are reviewed. As well, seven functional assessment tools designed for use with paediatric clients with JCA which occupational therapists can use in their clinical practice will be appraised. The various characteristics of these tools are discussed in order to assist practitioners and researchers in selecting the functional instrument which best meets their needs.
Keyword activities of daily living
Occupational therapy
Outcome measures
Paediatric rheumatology
Pediatrics
Occupational performance
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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