Hypertonic Lower Extremities in Infants: Correlation to Motor Function Scores at Thirteen Months of Age
Review TypeNone: Degree-based Submission
Repository Posting Date2019-09-18T13:12:07Z
Author(s)Brillhart, Susan Jean
Author DetailsSusan J. Brillhart, PhD, RN, PNP
Lead Author Sigma AffliationMu Upsilon
Level of EvidenceObservational
Research ApproachQuantitative Research
CINAHL HeadingsLower Extremity--In Infancy and Childhood; Muscle Hypertonia--In Infancy and Childhood; Lower Extremity; Muscle Hypertonia
Exploring a large data set, hypertonicity of the lower extremities has been incidentally identified as occurring in one out of every five infants, whether term or preterm. This retrospective, longitudinal, descriptive, quantitative study examined data from 463 functionally and structurally normal infants and identified infants that were considered to be hypertonic at either hospital discharge and at one month of corrected gestational age to determine what their motor capabilities were at 13 months of age. Understanding the correlation will assist in determining whether early intervention is indicated for these infants. Multiple statistical analyses revealed no correlation between hypertonicity as a young infant and the Bayley-II motor function score at 13 months of age. The Roy Adaptation model was used as the conceptual framework of the study and ordinal regression was utilized to analyze the data.
DescriptionThis dissertation has also been disseminated through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. Dissertation/thesis number: 3561573; ProQuest document ID: 1364618415. The author still retains copyright.
Advisor(s)Whetsell, Martha V.
Degree GrantorCity University of New York
NotesThis item has not gone through this repository's peer-review process, but has been accepted by the indicated university or college in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the specified degree.
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