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Patients with cerebral palsy are being failed on multiple levels

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 09 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1134
  1. Jacqui Thornton
  1. London

The care of young people with a cerebral palsy is being hampered by inconsistent coding, poor transition from paediatric to adult services, and “inadequate” multidisciplinary teamworking, a report has found.1

The report, by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD), paints a picture of children and young people receiving treatment in a number of different healthcare settings, including emergency departments, acute wards, critical care units, and outpatient clinics, often across a mix of different organisations that can be difficult to coordinate and manage.

It found inconsistent codes used in documents that record a cerebral palsy, and failure to log the cerebral palsy each time the patient attended the NHS for treatment.

Multidisciplinary team working, which is key for this patient group with complex needs, was viewed as inadequate for 137 out of 285 …

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