Recommendations for research

Recommendations for research

The guideline committee has made the following recommendations for research.

Key recommendations for research

1 Method of botulinum toxin type A injection in treating focal spasticity

Is guided botulinum toxin type A injection using electrical localisation (electrostimulation or electromyography) of muscles more clinically and cost effective than ultrasound-guided injections or clinical positioning for localisation of injections in treating focal spasticity in adults with cerebral palsy?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on the method of botulinum toxin type A injection in treating focal spasticity, see rationale and impact.

2 Selective dorsal rhizotomy treatment to reduce spasticity

What is the clinical and cost effectiveness of selective dorsal rhizotomy compared with intrathecal baclofen to reduce spasticity in adults with cerebral palsy?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on selective dorsal rhizotomy treatment to reduce spasticity, see rationale and impact.

3 Detection and management of respiratory disorders in primary and community care

Can detection and management of respiratory disorders in adults with cerebral palsy be improved in primary and community care?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on the detection and management of respiratory disorders in primary and community care, see rationale and impact.

4 Prophylactic antibiotics for respiratory disorders

Are prophylactic antibiotics clinically and cost effective in the management of respiratory symptoms in adults with cerebral palsy with significant respiratory comorbidity?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on prophylactic antibiotics for respiratory disorders, see rationale and impact.

5 Splinting to improve or maintain posture or function

What is the optimum regimen for splints applied to the upper limb in adults with cerebral palsy to improve or maintain posture or function?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on splinting to improve or maintain posture or function, see rationale and impact.

6 Augmentative and alternative communication systems

Are augmentative and alternative communication systems clinically and cost effective in promoting communication for adults with cerebral palsy who have communication difficulties?

To find out why the committee made the research recommendation on augmentative and alternative communication systems, see rationale and impact.

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