Outpatient health care for children with perinatal burdens is one of the areas of health care in the Czech Republic which is underfinanced even though it achieved successful results in the last two decades. The focus area of the project is to provide quality health care for children with physical disabilities. The project’s objective is to improve the quality of life of children with perinatal burden, whose conditions require follow-up rehabilitation care, namely through the activities of secondary and tertiary prevention. The project includes a variety of activities that will lead to improved quality of life in children with perinatal burden suffering from physical disabilities and enable the best possible inclusion among their peers. It will be managed by the creation of innovative physiotherapy methodology (Vojta method second generation – sometimes called Reflex locomotion), its pilot testing and the creation of conditions for better adaptation of children to normal life. The integral part of the project is also the training of staff. There is no donor project partner.
Summary of project results
Outpatient health care for children with perinatal burdens is one of the areas of health care in the Czech Republic which is underfinanced even though it achieved successful results in the last two decades. The primary aim of this project was to improve the quality of life of children with perinatal brain damage, whose state requires rehabilitation services. The objective of this project was the development and subsequent verification of an innovative physiotherapy treatment technique (Vojta method second generation - sometimes known as Reflex locomotion). The technique includes home therapy and is primarily intended for high-risk children with perinatal brain damage. Subsequent pilot testing of the technique was set up in the form of a medical screening of two groups of patients - those who received the home therapy (main group) and those who did not (checking group). Control examinations and screening took place under the supervision of selected specialists (physiotherapist, child neurologist, psychologist, and speech therapist). Project activities included also comprehensive training for home therapists. Research study, user guide and monography were developed and published. Effectiveness of the new therapeutic technique has been explained by many documented case histories - it can be concluded that the method contributes to improving the quality of life of physically disabled children with perinatal brain damage and their families, minimizing their disability and their integration into community.
Summary of bilateral results