Title

Functional Performance of Preterm Children at Age 4

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

8-1-2007

Abstract

Functional performance, a child's ability to perform the tasks of daily living and to fulfill expected social roles, is now recommended in follow-up of preterm children. This study examined neonatal, preschool health, and motor effects on functional performance at age 4. The sample of 155 infants, classified by perinatal morbidity and birth weight, was assessed during a home visit. Neonatal illness, socioeconomic status, preschool health, and motor predictors explained 44% of the variance in functional performance. Functional performance is a useful clinical measure to understand how well preterm children perform age-expected daily activities as well as the family burden of preterm sequelae. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Journal of Pediatric Nursing

Volume

22

Issue

4

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