Cerebral palsy care in South Africa: a paradigm shift

  • Jacques Du Toit Stellenbosch University
Keywords cerebral palsy, South Africa, paradigm shift


The word ‘paradigm’, derived from the Greek paradeigma, refers to a ‘framework’ or ‘a very clear and typical example of something’.1 A paradigm shift thus signifies a change in the demand for certain competencies and/or expertise within a specific framework. 

This certainly applies to patients affected by cerebral palsy (CP) in a developed world context. The domain of childhood CP has entered a new paradigm which entails significant changes regarding patient profile, treatment approach, outcomes and expectations. After an initially slow  uptake, the developed world has now successfully adjusted to a broader biopsychosocial approach. Most of the developing world, however, still lacks a structured framework with the ability to accommodate and address the needs of this changing cohort of patients.

Author Biography

Jacques Du Toit, Stellenbosch University

MBChB (Stellenbosch University), FC Orth SA, MScClinEpi (Stellenbosch University), Associate Professor, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

How to Cite
DU TOIT, Jacques. Cerebral palsy care in South Africa: a paradigm shift. South African Orthopaedic Journal, [S.l.], p. 9-11, oct. 2019. ISSN 2309-8309. Available at: <http://journal.saoa.org.za/index.php/saoj/article/view/354>. Date accessed: 14 dec. 2019.

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