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Assessing care and support needs for children with acquired brain injury: Normative data for the Paediatric Care and Needs Scale (PCANS)

Soo, C., Tate, R. L., Anderson, V., Waugh, M. C.,

Academic Literature

2010

This study aimed to determine support needs in typically developing children. 300 participants were parents of typically developing children aged 5–14 years recruited from a range of schools in metropolitan Melbourne. Findings suggest that support needs vary according to age of the child but not sex of child or occupational status of the parent. Additionally, children were found to have significantly higher support needs for supervision compared with physical assistance across most of the domains of the Paediatric Care and Needs Scale (PCANS). A greater number of age differences across PCANS domains were also found in younger children (5 to 7 and 8 to 11 years) compared to the older age group (age 12–14 years). This study reports normative data for the PCANS using a sample of children stratified by age. Findings will provide an essential point of reference to help guide clinical interpretation of the PCANS for assessing support needs.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Brain Impairment

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing, Safety and security

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