Quality of Life Assessment in Children with Cerebral Palsy


  • Mirna A Frota Universidade de Fortaleza
  • Viviane M Vasconcelos Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • Maria Teresa Moreno Valdés Tecnalia Research and Innovation
  • Vanessa Gomes S Queiroz Faculdade Metropolitana da Grande Fortaleza
  • Karla Maria C Rolim Universidade de Fortaleza
  • Carlos A. Bruno da Silva Universidade de Fortaleza




Quality of Life; Children with Disabilities; Cerebral Palsy.


Objectives: Evaluate the QoL of children with CP followed at Núcleo de Tratamento e Estimulação Precoce, in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil; identify the most affected domains of the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory. Methods: This was a cross-sectional, of which target population consisted of parents of children with CP (N = 62). Data collection was carried out by applying the socioeconomic questionnaire and the Health-related Quality of Life tool – HRQoL-PedsQL version 4.0, module applied to parents. Data analysis was performed with SPSS statistical software, version 23.0. Results: The results after transformation of scores into a scale of 0 to 100 in PedsQL, the data showed statistical difference between QOL domains except for physical capacity and social aspect and in descending order of impairment, the domains were related to school activity, the emotional aspect, physical capacity and the social aspect. Conclusions: Given the above, to attain improvement in QoL indicators, it is reasonable to propose interdisciplinary intervention among healthcare professionals in order to develop improved strategies aiming to promote early integration of children with CP in schools, to obtain significant results.

Author Biographies

Mirna A Frota, Universidade de Fortaleza

Nurse. Post-Doctoral Degree in Collective Health at Instituto de Saúde Coletiva da Universidade Federal da Bahia – ISC/UFB. Full Professor of the Post-Graduate Program in Collective Health and the Nursing Course of Universidade de Fortaleza (UNIFOR). Fortaleza, CE, Brazil.

Maria Teresa Moreno Valdés, Tecnalia Research and Innovation

Psychologist. Ph.D. in Psychology. Researcher of Equipe de Inovação Social da Fundação LEIA/ Tecnalia Research and Innovation. Spain

Carlos A. Bruno da Silva, Universidade de Fortaleza

Collective Health Postgraduate Program

Medicine Graduation Course






Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation