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Dr. McLaughlin's research focuses on outcomes of the care of persons with childhood-onset disability and the treatment of spasticity in children. He investigates efficacy and outcomes of treatments for children and adolescents with conditions such as neural tube defects and cerebral palsy. McLaughlin's research emphasizes objective-measurement tools used as outcome measures to determine the validity and reliability-testing of such tools and the design of databases for collection of longitudinal clinical data. He is interested in developing a quality-of-life measure for persons with cerebral palsy and in developing the concepts of evidence-based practice for application to the interdisciplinary care of children with disabilities.
McLaughlin is currently involved in two studies regarding pain in persons with disabilities and on a study of systems of care for young adults with spina bifida. He also heads a registry project regarding the long-term safety and effectiveness of implantable intrathecal pumps for long-term continuous treatment of spasticity with baclofen.
CHDD Outlook article on interdisciplinary diagnosis of children in mental health treatment (Summer 2005, page 5)
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