Parent-professional partnership

Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2009 Aug;20(3):577-85. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2009.04.001.


Rehabilitation management of children with cerebral palsy (CP) brings together parents and doctors. The primary goal of the contact is to improve the individual child's potential and to improve the child's functional outcomes. Frequently, parents are interested in not just their own child, but the population of children with cerebral palsy. Physicians can provide information for both purposes. Successful parent-professional relationships are rewarding and powerful. Combining the passion of the parent and the expertise of the physician can enhance collaboration for advocacy efforts that improve outcomes for children with cerebral palsy. An increasingly important component in the parent-medical collaboration is the identification of networks of local and national support for families of children with cerebral palsy. Fortunately, parents and organizations focused on children with cerebral palsy are seeing the necessity for collaboration to build community awareness, implement education programs, and spearhead pediatric cerebral palsy advocacy on a nationwide basis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / methods*
  • Cerebral Palsy / psychology*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Patient Advocacy*
  • Professional-Patient Relations / ethics*