Ann Rehabil Med.  2018 Oct;42(5):730-736. 10.5535/arm.2018.42.5.730.

Disability Registration State of Children With Cerebral Palsy in Korea

  • 1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, National Health Insurance Service Ilsan Hospital, Ilsan, Korea.
  • 2Research Institute, National Health Insurance Service Ilsan Hospital, Ilsan, Korea.
  • 3Department of Statistics, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital, Ilsan, Korea.


To investigate the disability registration state of children with cerebral palsy (CP) in Korea.
Based on the National Health Information Database, the disability registration state was examined for brain lesion disability and other possible complicated disabilities accompanying brain disorder in children diagnosed with CP aged up to 5 years old who were born between 2002 and 2008.
Of children diagnosed with CP, 73.1% were registered as having brain lesion disability for the first time before they turned 2 years old. The younger the children, the more likely they will have 1st and 2nd degree disability. However, when the age of children is increased, such likelihood is decreased. The percentage of children registered as having overlapping disabilities was 7%-20%.
It is important to establish a more accurate standard to rate disability and provide national support systems for children with CP with various severities and multiple disabilities. By reorganizing the current disability registration system for pediatric brain lesions, the system could serve as a classification standard to provide medical and social welfare services.


Cerebral palsy; Disabled children; Registries
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