Sleep positioning systems: a randomised controlled trial
The aim of this research was to evaluate whether sleep positioning systems are effective to help children with cerebral palsy to be more comfortable in bed, reduce any pain, improve their sleep, prevent deformity, and potentially avoid the need for surgery.
This was an ‘exploratory’ pilot study to help in the development of a protocol for a larger definitive trial that would answer the research question. It identified whether clinicians and families would participate in the trial, whether families find such systems acceptable, are able to use them as prescribed and any effects on sleep.
The experience of running this trial was presented at the European Academy of Childhood Disability in 2015: Exploring the challenges in conducting a randomised controlled trial (RCT) into night-time positioning for children with cerebral palsy.
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