The need for standardization in outcome measures following pediatric stroke

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In Archives of neurology  Engelmann KY et al.Department of Neurology, Division of Pediatric Neurology Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine look at what outcome measures have been used in clinical trails to assess pediatric stroke study outcomes .

There is agreement among researchers, occupational and physical therapy clinicians that in order to maximize the comparability of future clinical trial results a preferred pediatric stroke outcome scale or battery of measures should be established. When searching the literature the group found that the most commonly applied outcome measure was the age-appropriate form of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale (WIS) that was used in 34% of studies. Second to this was the Pediatric Stroke Outcome Measure (PSOM) used in 21% of studies.


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