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Am J Phys Med Rehabil ; 100(9): 821-830, 2021 09 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1258826


OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on access to rehabilitation therapies and the impact of changes in therapy access on the physical and mental well-being of children with motor impairment and their caregivers. DESIGN: Caregivers of children younger than 18 yrs with childhood-onset motor impairment (primarily cerebral palsy) completed an anonymous survey through the online platform REDCap between May 5 and July 13, 2020. RESULTS: The survey was completed by 102 participants. Before the pandemic, 92 of 102 children (90%) were receiving one or more therapies; at the time surveyed, 55 children (54%) were receiving any therapies (P < 0.001). More than 40% of the sample reported increased child stress, decreased physical activity, and/or decline in mobility/movement. Participants who reported a decrease in number of therapies at the time surveyed more frequently reported lower satisfaction with treatment delivery (P < 0.001), a decline in child's mobility (P = 0.001), and increased caregiver stress (P = 0.004). Five qualitative themes were identified from open-ended question responses related to therapies and well-being. CONCLUSIONS: Access to pediatric rehabilitation therapies was disrupted during COVID-19. Disrupted access may be related to impact on physical and mental health. With the expansion of telehealth, caregiver and child feedback should be incorporated to optimize benefit.

COVID-19 , Cerebral Palsy/rehabilitation , Health Services Accessibility/statistics & numerical data , Movement Disorders/rehabilitation , Quarantine/psychology , Adolescent , Adult , Caregiver Burden/epidemiology , Caregivers/psychology , Cerebral Palsy/psychology , Child , Continuity of Patient Care/statistics & numerical data , Female , Humans , Male , Mobility Limitation , Movement Disorders/psychology , Qualitative Research , SARS-CoV-2 , Stress, Psychological/epidemiology , Stress, Psychological/etiology , Surveys and Questionnaires
Parkinsonism Relat Disord ; 86: 135-138, 2021 05.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1230072


The evaluation and management of patients with movement disorders has evolved considerably due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the assessment of candidates for deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy. Members of the Neuropsychology Focus Group from the Parkinson Study Group Functional Neurosurgical Working Group met virtually to discuss current practices and solutions, build consensus, and to inform the DBS team and community regarding the complexities of performing DBS neuropsychological evaluations during COVID-19. It is our viewpoint that the practice of neuropsychology has adapted successfully to provide tele-neuropsychological pre-DBS evaluations during the global pandemic, thus permanently changing the landscape of neuropsychological services.

COVID-19 , Deep Brain Stimulation/trends , Movement Disorders/psychology , Movement Disorders/surgery , Neuropsychological Tests , Neuropsychology/trends , Neurosurgery/trends , Pandemics , Parkinson Disease/psychology , Parkinson Disease/surgery , Deep Brain Stimulation/statistics & numerical data , Humans , Telemedicine