Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2002 , Vol 48 , Num 4
Konya İlinde Üniversite Hastanesi ve İki Özel Rehabilitasyon Merkezinde İzlenen Serebral Palsili Çocukların Mediko-Sosyal Değerlendirmesi
Arife Yakar 1 ,Tuğrul Erbaydar 2 ,Sibel Sonmaz 3
1 Sağlık Eğitimi Uzmanı, İstanbul
2 Marmara Üniversitesi Sağlık Eğitim Fakültesi İstanbul
3 Marmara Üniversitesi Sağlık Eğitim Fakültesi, İstanbul

This study was carried out to define the socio-demographic and clinical characteristics and servisce use among children with cerebral palsy in Konya. Mothers of 52 children with cerebral palsy followed at Konya Selçuk University Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinic and two private clinics were interviewed by means of a questionnaire in August 2000; clinical characteristics were gathered through clinical records. Educational level of mothers and fathers was significantly higher than the average of population in Konya; and all of the families in the study have health insurance and this was also significantly higer compared to the average population. A crude estimation for the number of children with cerebral palsy in Konya made using the lowest and the highest probable prevalences. It was estimated that 719 and 5752 cases exist in Konya. Considering that our study has covered more than half of the service capacity in Konya, and the majority of families followed by the clinics in 30 days; we have concluded that coverage rate of rehabilitation services was low. Frequency of visits in private clinics were significantly higher than university clinic. Differences in use of service and quality should be investigated specifically by future research and specific measurements were found as necessary.

Keywords : Health insurance, cerebral palsy, rehabilitation, special educatio