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Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 80:F158 doi:10.1136/fn.80.2.F158
  • Letters to the editor

Epidemiology of cerebral palsy

  1. CHRISTINE JESSEN
  1. Northumberland Child Health Centre
  2. Ashington
  3. Northumberland NE63 0SE
  4. County Durham Health Authority
  5. Durham DH1 6XZ
  6. Department of Child Health
  7. University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  8. Gateshead
  9. Tyne & Wear NE8 1EB
    1. PHILIP MACKIE, Directorate of Public Health Medicine
    1. Northumberland Child Health Centre
    2. Ashington
    3. Northumberland NE63 0SE
    4. County Durham Health Authority
    5. Durham DH1 6XZ
    6. Department of Child Health
    7. University of Newcastle upon Tyne
    8. Gateshead
    9. Tyne & Wear NE8 1EB
      1. STEPHEN JARVIS
      1. Northumberland Child Health Centre
      2. Ashington
      3. Northumberland NE63 0SE
      4. County Durham Health Authority
      5. Durham DH1 6XZ
      6. Department of Child Health
      7. University of Newcastle upon Tyne
      8. Gateshead
      9. Tyne & Wear NE8 1EB

          Editor—The recent collaborative publication on the epidemiology of cerebral palsy, incorporating data from three cerebral palsy registers, categorises levels of functional disability to reflect difficulties with ambulation, manual dexterity, and learning.1

          We agree that “...severity of disability needs to be recorded...” to facilitate comprehensive monitoring and rational planning, but a measure of how such disability affects the life of a child would further improve our understanding.

          The North of England Cerebral Palsy Register contains data on children born between 1960 and …