New standards to guide post-concussion care in Ontario

Right Care, Right Time, Right Provider

The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) has moved to fill a gap and support people in Ontario requiring post-concussion care with the release of new “Standards for Post-Concussion Care”. The document offers 15 criteria to guide interdisciplinary clinics and healthcare providers in processes used to provide care. These criteria will also help patients ask the best questions around how their care is delivered.

As the short and long-term health effects of concussions have become better understood, there has been a proliferation of Ontario clinics offering concussion care. This has resulted in some confusion over the match between how, when and what care is offered by such clinics for those who experience persistent symptoms.

“The Standards provide guidance to clinicians that will help support them to work within their scope of practice and provide the interdisciplinary care that is required,” says Corinne Kagan, Senior Director Acquired Brain Injury at ONF. “It’s important that there is a common understanding across the system regarding the processes around post-concussion care and particularly for people who experience persistent symptoms. This includes the timing of treatment and the need to have strong connections to primary care clinicians who are most likely to see these patients.”

ONF initiated the development of the new Standards at a spring 2016 summit and established an Advisory Committee to guide the process. The goals of the Concussion Advisory Committee include reducing inconsistent care processes; encouraging development of interdisciplinary clinics or formal care networks; empowering patients to ask questions about how care is provided; and creating a platform to encourage and inform continuous improvement in post-concussion care.

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Released:  Guidelines for Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate to Severe TBI

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ONF, with its partner the Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS) is proud to release the INESSS-ONF Clinical Practice Guideline for the Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate to Severe TBI.

The INESSS-ONF Guideline is specific to adults who have sustained a moderate or severe TBI. It covers all areas affected following a TBI that pertain to rehabilitative care; addressing physical, sensory, cognitive, behavioral and emotional components as well as associated conditions such as behavioral, mental health and addiction issues. The CPG provides recommendations for the organization of rehabilitative services and systems of care; covering all phases of the rehabilitation process (subacute, intensive functional rehabilitation and community integration and participation). 

The development of the Guideline was based on both the adaptation of recommendations available in existing CPGs and the formulation of new recommendations based on scientific evidence and expert opinion.

Click here to access the Guideline -  www.braininjuryguidelines.org

 


Large Canadian Study Could Change Concussion Care for Children

A new study based on the largest prospective cohort of children with concussion in the world was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study introduces a validated clinical prediction score that will help health providers and researchers to predict the duration of pediatric concussion symptoms.

ONF is proud to confund this study in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction). To find out more about this study please click here


Preventing and Treating Pressure Sores: A Guide for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

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The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation funded Spinal Cord Injury Ontario to develop and release a consumer guide for people with Spinal Cord Injury on preventing and treating pressure sores.

Click here to view and/or download the guide 


ONF is funded by the Government of Ontario