Measuring child and family centred outcomes following spinal surgery for children with neuromuscular scoliosis

Research Opportunity
PhD students
Department / Centre
Paediatrics
Location
Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
A/Professor Adrienne Harvey adrienne.harvey@mcri.edu.au Personal web page

Summary This project will focus on developing robust methods to measure child and family-centred outcomes following spinal surgery for children with neuromuscular scoliosis.

Project Details

Supervisor: Adrienne Harvey

Scoliosis is common in children with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities who have significant gross motor impairment and impacts significantly on the child’s wellbeing, quality of life and participation. Spinal surgery is the definitive treatment for progressive scoliosis, however it comes with a moderately high complication rate. There is some evidence that surgery is effective for reducing the deformity, but insufficient evidence that it improves functional outcomes, caregiver outcomes, and quality of life. This project focuses on developing robust methods to measure child and family-centred outcomes following spinal surgery for children with neuromuscular scoliosis. The project will involve both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

We hope to recruit a high quality allied health, nursing or medical professional into this PhD position and experience in disability is desirable. Interested applicants should email Associate Professor Adrienne Harvey at: adrienne.harvey@mcri.edu.au



Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine



Research Opportunities

PhD students
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Paediatrics

Research Node

Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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