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Sleep-wake cycle and quality of life in patients with cerebral palsy

Grant number: 12/02170-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2012
Effective date (End): September 30, 2013
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Speech Therapy
Principal Investigator:Luciana Pinato
Grantee:Gabriela Melloni Zuculo
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências (FFC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Marília. Marília , SP, Brazil


The Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a group of permanent disorders of the development of movement and posture causing activity limitation that is attributed to non-progressive disturbances that occurred in the developing fetal or infant brain. The consequences of this injury depend according to the affected area, time and intensity of the lesion. In addition to motor impairment, learning disabilities, visual, behavior and speech impairment may also occur. Another important implication is that individuals with CP are vulnerable to suffer from sleep disorders which are associated with behavior disturbance, impairment in daily activities and quality of life. This study aims to investigate and correlate the pattern of sleep and quality of life in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy. Individuals of both genders (4-18 years old) will be divided into 2 groups - the first one composed by 15 subjects with cerebral palsy and the second by 15 controls with normal neurodevelopment and absence of hearing, language and auditory disturbances. After analyze the general sleep habits and the economic status, we will apply day diaries, sleep disturbance scale and quality of life questionnaires. This study will provide a better knowledge about sleep disorders in CP and the implications in the quality of life. The results will collaborate for future therapeutic actions that cause improvement in symptoms of CP. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
GABRIELA MELLONI ZUCULO; CINTIA CRISTINA FADINI KNAP; LUCIANA PINATO. Correlação entre sono e qualidade de vida na paralisia cerebral. CoDAS, v. 26, n. 6, p. 447-456, . (11/51495-4, 12/02170-8)

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