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Schiarti, Veronica - Write Up

V. Schiarti

2009 Round 3, National Award

I would like to thank the Disabilities Health Research Network for granting me the graduate student travel subsidy. I presented my project at the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) conference meeting in Ottawa. Presenting at the CPS meeting provided me an opportunity to disseminate my findings on quality of life on children with Cerebral Palsy (CP).

The aim of this research project was to use the new International Classification of Functioning (ICF-CY) as a standard by which to compare the content of 8 different quality of life (QOL) measures. We found that the ICF-CY provided an international accepted, structured framework for the content comparison of CP QOL measures. The results will provide clinicians and researchers with additional information, useful when selecting QOL measures.

My project was accepted for poster presentation, I had the opportunity to discuss with colleagues from different parts of the country about the impact of my study on every day clinical practice. In addition, I had good suggestions regarding how to report my findings and make my results more accessible and applicable at the clinical and research level. I learned a lot about what my colleagues are doing in different centres, and how they are applying the ICF in their centres. I even discussed with some of them the possibility of collaborating on different projects and sharing what we learn. This is very exciting.


International Award Winners: Chen, S., Faradaji, F., Gaudet, A., Hewapathirane, S., Inskip, J., Mikhail, D., Mills, P., Ramer, L., Simonette, G., Yiu, J.., Zwicker, J.
National Award Winners: Beirnes, K., Bundon, A., Hume, A., Lige, S.