Tools for the assessment of neuropsychomotor profile in the rehabilitation of children with central nervous system tumor: a systematic review.

Chiara Pellegrini, Augusto T. Caraceni, Livia I. E. Bedodi, Raffaella Sensi, Simona Breggiè, Fulvia A. Gariboldi, Cinzia Brunelli

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study reviews the scientific literature to identify and describe which assessment tools (ATs) are used in pediatric oncology and neuro-oncology rehabilitation and which development neuropsychomotor (DNPM) ATs were built for children with central nervous system (CNS) tumors. METHODS: A systematic review was performed searching PubMed, CINAHL, PEDro, Science Direct, and Catalog of National Institute of Tumors databases and specialized journals. The search covered 7 years (2010-2017) and used relevant keywords in different combinations. A further search was carried out on DNPM rehabilitation manuals and academic thesis. RESULTS: The review retrieved 35 eligible articles containing 63 ATs. The most common ATs were the Behavioral Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC). Most of the ATs covered a single area of child development among behavioral/psychological, cognitive, and motor areas. A total of 159 ATs were found in manuals and thesis, and only 17 of them were already identified in the journal search. None of the ATs identified in both searches had been specifically developed for children with CNS tumor. CONCLUSION: The results highlight the need to develop and validate a global multidimensional AT for children with CNS tumor, overcoming the fragmentation of the assessment procedures and promoting standardized rehabilitation protocols.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-24
Number of pages13
JournalTumori
Volume106
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Humans
  • Child
  • Treatment Outcome
  • *Neurological Rehabilitation
  • *Neuropsychological Tests
  • assessment tool
  • Central Nervous System Neoplasms/*complications/diagnosis/therapy
  • CNS tumor
  • development neuro and psychomotor therapy
  • Nervous System Diseases/diagnosis/*etiology/*rehabilitation/therapy
  • pediatric oncology rehabilitation
  • Psychomotor Disorders/diagnosis/*etiology/*rehabilitation/therapy

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