Physical therapy in children with cerebral palsy in Brazil: a scoping review Academic Article uri icon

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  • AimTo identify and assess published studies concerning physical therapy in Brazilian children and adolescents with cerebral palsy (CP) using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework.MethodArticles in English and Portuguese published until October 2020, with no date restrictions, were searched in several different databases. Study characteristics, journal metrics, sample characteristics, and ICF domains explored intervention components and outcomes were extracted. Studies were classified according to the Oxford Centre for Evidence‐Based Medicine hierarchy levels to characterize the evidence.ResultsNinety‐four studies were included. Spastic CP with fewer limitations in gross motor abilities was the most reported; 67% of the studies had low levels of evidence and were published in journals without an impact factor. The three most frequent interventions were neurodevelopmental treatment, suit therapy, and transcranial direct current stimulation. Intervention components explored body functions and structures (73.4%), activity (59.6%), environment (2.1%). They did not explore participation (0%). The outcomes investigated addressed activity (79.8%), body functions and structures (67.0%), and participation (1.1%), but not environment (0%).InterpretationStudies of physical therapy for Brazilian children and adolescents with CP focused on reducing impairments and activity limitations. Studies with higher levels of evidence and an expanded focus on participation and environmental factors are necessary.


  • Furtado, Michelle AS
  • Ayupe, Kênnea MA
  • Christovão, Isabella S
  • Sousa Junior, Ricardo R
  • Rosenbaum, Peter Leon
  • Camargos, Ana CR
  • Leite, Hércules R

publication date

  • May 2022