“This will help us to deliver best practices to our patients. I think this is a wonderful plan.”
This is one of the many positive comments made by participants who attended the seminar on The Hip in Children with Cerebral Palsy – Surveillance to Salvage at Shriners Hospital on October 2, 2015. Discussion focused on how to improve medical outcomes for children with cerebral palsy through early diagnosis of hip disorders.
Dr. Jon R. Davids, Director of the Cerebral Palsy Center of Excellence, and his colleagues, Dr. Vedant Kulkarni and Dr. Loren Davidson, discussed the formation of the California Cerebral Palsy Hip Alliance, a collaborative hip surveillance program involving Shriners Hospitals for Children, California Children’s Services (CCS), UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and other community providers.
“The goal of the California Cerebral Palsy Hip Alliance is to take the first level of screening into the community through CCS,” says Dr. Davids, adding that the alliance provides a path for early diagnosis. “We know earlier diagnosis and treatment leads to better outcomes. Earlier surgeries are more successful and eliminate the need for complex surgery typically used in treating those diagnosed as teens,” says Dr. Davids.
Many seminar participants shared their support of the plan. As one attendee wrote, “This is a needed program in California — very exciting to be in on this from the start.”