In Norway, Rates of Cerebral Palsy Decline as Perinatal Healthcare Improves

Many cases of cerebral palsy (CP) are caused by complications that occur around the time of delivery (these are known as birth injuries). Based on this, Sandra Julsen Hollung and colleagues hypothesized that improvements in obstetrical and neonatal care could decrease the rate of cerebral palsy. Studying the Impact of Healthcare Standards on Cerebral Palsy For their study, published in the European Journal of Paediatric Neurology, Hollung et al. took data from the Medical Birth Registry of Norway. They included 707,916 live births, of which 1,664 had a diagnosis of cerebral palsy on record. The authors analyzed the prevalence of cerebral palsy per 1,000 live births, as a function of birth year. Results: Improvements in Care Lowered Risk of Cerebral Palsy Hollung et al. found that from 1999 to 2010, the rate of cerebral palsy declined from 2.62 to 1.89. In addition, the following issues/risk factors also became less prevalent: Severe motor impairment Epilepsy Intellectual…

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