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Interactive computer play in rehabilitation of children with sensorimotor disorders: a systematic review.

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Sandlund, Marlene, McDonough, S M and Häger-Ross, Charlotte (2009) Interactive computer play in rehabilitation of children with sensorimotor disorders: a systematic review. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, Mac Keith Press 2008, 7 pp, DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2008.03184.x [Internet publication]

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2008.03184.x

Abstract

The aim of this review was to examine systematically the evidence for the application of interactive computer play in the rehabilitation of children with sensorimotor disorders. A literature search of 11 electronic databases was conducted to identify articles published between January 1995 and May 2008. The review was restricted to reports of intervention studies evaluating the impact of interactive computer play on motor rehabilitation in children. For each study the quality of the methods and the strength of the evidence were assessed by two independent reviewers using the guidelines of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. A total of 74 articles were identified, of which 16 met the inclusion criteria. Three studies were randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and half were case series or case reports. Areas investigated were movement quality, spatial orientation and mobility, and motivational aspects. Thirteen studies presented positive findings. Two of the three RCTs investigating movement quality and one level III study examining spatial orientation showed no significant improvements. Interactive computer play is a potentially promising tool for the motor rehabilitation of children but the level of evidence is too limited to assess its value fully. Further and more convincing research is needed.

Item Type:Internet publication
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
ID Code:9026
Deposited By:Professor Suzanne McDonough
Deposited On:26 Jan 2010 15:09
Last Modified:28 Feb 2012 14:53

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