TMC for Children Supports Research Study to Gauge Success of More Frequent Pediatric Therapy

TMC for Children is supporting a study to help determine whether children diagnosed with cerebral palsy show more progress with a more intense and frequent burst of therapy delivered at young ages when the brain is rapidly developing.

Cerebral palsy, which is a disorder in which damage to the central nervous system results in motor dysfunction, is one of the most common pediatric developmental disorders in the U.S.

Under the study, funded by the TMC Foundation, 20 children with mild to moderately severe levels of spastic cerebral palsy between the ages of 18 to 36 months are being seen by TMC for Children’s pediatric occupational and physical therapists for five days a week for 12 weeks. The children would typically receive just one therapeutic session a week under most insurance plans.

Dr. Burris Duncan, a professor of public health and pediatrics who is leading the study, became intrigued by the question of intensity and frequency when he went to China more than a decade ago to participate in some maternal-child health clinics in rural China. While there, he found that the hospital in which he worked advised parents of very young children with cerebral palsy to put their child in the hospital for three months. The children received daily physical and occupational therapies, as well as acupuncture, deep massage and herb baths.

That isn’t practical to replicate here, he said, since parents and insurance companies would likely balk at three months of inpatient treatment. Read more at TMC for Children.

What is Children’s Miracle Network?

Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for, and awareness of, children’s hospitals across the country. Since its founding in 1983, Children’s Miracle Network to date has raised more than $3.4 billion in support of these hospitals.

This national charitable effort is unique in that 100 percent of the money raised will stay in the local community to support its own children’s hospital, which means Tucson Medical Center receives all of the funds raised in Southern Arizona.

Tucson Medical Center has been a part of Children’s Miracle Network since 1984, raising more than $11 million for the TMC Foundation Children’s Fund to benefit local programs for infants and children.

Money raised in Southern Arizona stays here to support wellness programs, purchase life-saving medical equipment and provide health services for children at Tucson Medical Center. To learn more about supporting TMC’s Children’s Miracle Network, please contact us at (520) 324-1141.


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