NRS Journal Club - Benefits of Decreasing the Age of Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis in High-Risk Infants

March 30, 2023

Activity description 

These materials are only intended for those that attended the NRS Journal Club, held on March 30, 2023.

The prompt detection of cerebral palsy (CP) in high-risk infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) allows for early intervention, improved outcomes, a decreased likelihood to develop secondary complications and more time to provide parental education and support. This activity will present a discussion of the article “Network implementation of guideline for early detection decreases age at cerebral palsy diagnosis” by Maitre NL et al, which was published in Pediatrics in May 2020. It will provide insight into the benefits and challenges of decreasing the age of diagnosis for CP and identify strategies to support families of children at risk of CP. 

Article(s) Reviewed in This Journal Club: Maitre NL, Burton VJ, Duncan AF, et al. Network implementation of guideline for early detection decreases age at cerebral palsy diagnosis. Pediatrics. 2020;145(5):e20192126. doi:10.1542/peds.2019-2126. Epub 2020 Apr 8.

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This activity is jointly provided by Optum Health Education and Optum Health Solutions.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians who have an interest in neonatal care.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe three benefits of decreasing the age of diagnosis for CP.
  • Discuss three challenges associated with decreasing the age of diagnosis for CP.
  • Identify three strategies to support families of babies at risk of CP.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Event starts: 
03/30/2023 - 2:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
03/30/2023 - 3:00pm EDT

Julie Ryan, MD
National Medical Director, Neonatal Resource Services | Optum Health Solutions 

Activity planner
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education

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Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Optum Health Solutions. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit designation statements

Optum Health Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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