Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe (SCPE)
Next Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe (SCPE) plenary meeting was held on September 29th to October 1st at Lisbon (Estoril), Portugal.

In 1998, a collaborative network of cerebral palsy registers and surveys in 14 centres in 8 countries across Europe was formed. The aim of this network, entitled Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe (SCPE), was to develop a central database of children with cerebral palsy in order to monitor trends in birth weight specific rates, to provide information for service planning and to provide a framework for collaborative research.

Each centre registering CP children is able to retrieve data for planning services within its own area and with its own funding resources. But in order to be able to get reliable estimates of trends over time in prevalence rates for CP subgroups (very low birth weight, multiple births, non spastic CP types), and to have sufficient statistical power to study etiological and health service questions, large populations are needed to amass sufficient numbers of cases.

Main aims of this meeting was to finalise the chapter part on Cerebral Palsy within the European Perinatal Health Report, to discuss the steps forward regarding the next “SCPE-NET” application, and to exchange on clinical and epidemiological updated tools regarding description of children with CP.

Representative of the International Clinic of Rehabilitation Oleh Kachmar was invited to take part in this meeting and present current work and plans of the clinic.

More information about Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe at www-rheop.ujf-grenoble.fr/scpe2/site_scpe/
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