Dr. Stephen Walter
Dr. Stephen Walter is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. His epidemiology research has focused on chronic disease etiology, disease and developmental screening, muscule skeletal disorders, and the development of associated biostatistical methodology. Stephen is involved in studies of family-centred functional programs at OACRS centres, the development of a database classification system for gross motor disability, the motor development of children with Down syndrome and the creation of motor growth curves for children with cerebral palsy.
Areas of Focus
Chronic disease etiology, disease and developmental screening, muscule skeletal disorders, and the development of associated biostatistical methodology
The Gross Motor Function Classification System - Expanded & revised (GMFCS - E&R) is a 5 level classification system that describes the gross motor function of children and youth with cerebral palsy.
Through this research, we are investigating how various child and caregiver characteristics impact the health of primary, informal (unpaid) caregivers (usually parents).
This study is designed to develop and evaluate educational materials about family-centred service.
The Focus on Function Study will compare two treatment approaches ("child-focused" and "context-focused") that are currently being used for children with cerebral palsy and other developmental and motor delays.
The Quality of Upper Extremity Skills Test is an outcome measure designed to evaluate movement patterns and hand function in children with cerebral palsy.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapists, acting as Knowledge Brokers (KBs) within their own clinical facility to facilitate the clinical use of evidence-based measures of gross motor function for children with cerebral palsy.
GMFM scores of a sample of over 650 Ontario children with cerebral palsy with varying GMFCS levels have been used to create five Motor Growth Curves.