Dan Jacobson - Cerebral palsy : studies on health and social outcomes in young adulthood, and on treatments for spasticity and pain

Hello and congratulations to your PhD,
People at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health and others are interested to know a little more about your work

Dan Jacobson

What is your thesis about?

The thesis is about cerebral palsy (CP), which is the most common movement disorder in children. In the thesis we explored a few aspects of the disorder where there were a lot of unanswered questions, namely how health and well-being are for young adults with CP, what the long term effects are after surgery for spasticity, and, if Botulinum toxin could be used as an analgesic in chronic pain in CP.

Which is the most important key result? 

The most important results are that health-related quality of life of young adults with CP is similar to that of the norm population, that surgically reducing spasticity does not necessarily lead to better function, and that longer studies are needed to evaluate if Botulinum toxin can be used to treat pain in CP.

Is there something else you would like to add? Maybe something that surprised you during your PhD student journey?

That doing a PhD gives you great experience as an operational projects’ manager.

How can this new knowledge contribute to improve women’s and children’s health?

This new knowledge can be used directly in the consultation with children with CP and their families about prognosis and what to expect from certain treatments, and help to prioritize interventions in the management of individuals with CP.

Thank you Dan and good luck in the furure

 

Cerebral palsy : studies on health and social outcomes in young adulthood, and on treatments for spasticity and pain