Initial development and validation of the Caregiver Priorities and Child Health Index of Life with Disabilities (CPCHILD)

Dev Med Child Neurol. 2006 Oct;48(10):804-12. doi: 10.1017/S0012162206001745.


This paper reports the development and validation of a disease-specific measure of health status and well-being of children with severe cerebral palsy (CP). The Caregiver Priorities and Child Health Index of Life with Disabilities (CPCHILD) was constructed from recommendations from caregivers, healthcare providers, and review of other measures. Items spanning six domains are rated on an ordinal scale. Standardized scores (0-100) are reported for each domain and in total. Primary caregivers (n = 77) of 45 males and 32 females between 5 and 18 years of age (mean age 13 y 5 mo [SD 3 y 4 mo]) with CP, categorized by the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) level, completed the CPCHILD. Caregivers of children with severe CP (GMFCS Levels IV and V) also completed a second administration of the CPCHILD 2 weeks after the first. The mean CPCHILD score for children with severe CP was 56.2 (SD 15.7; range 24-93). The mean CPCHILD scores for children in GMFCS Levels I to V were 22.0, 38.2, 23.0, 44.5, and 59.3 respectively (p < 0.001). Reliability was tested in 41/52 caregivers who reported no change in health status between the two administrations of the CPCHILD. The intraclass correlation coefficient was 0.94 (95% confidence interval 0.90-0.97). The CPCHILD seems to be a reliable and valid measure of caregivers' perspectives on the health status, functional limitations, and well-being of these children.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Adolescent
  • Caregivers*
  • Cerebral Palsy* / classification
  • Cerebral Palsy* / nursing
  • Cerebral Palsy* / psychology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Disabled Persons* / psychology
  • Disabled Persons* / rehabilitation
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Quality of Life
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Surveys and Questionnaires