Standards for Post-Concussion Care released

After more than a year of consultation, discussion and planning the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation released Standards for Post-Concussion Care June 13, 2017. The Standards address the interdisciplinary nature of post-concussion care and offer a framework for how this care is delivered.

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

ONF led the Standards project with significant support and input from the Concussion Advisory Committee that included members from across Ontario representing patients and several clinical roles. There was a thorough approach to consulting on and finalizing the content of the Standards document. Once finalized the decision was made to get the important information into circulation as soon as possible. The document is now in the translation process and the French version will be ready and posted online during the summer.

“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.”

Many members of the Concussion Advisory Committee agreed to be media spokespeople for the Standards and several were interviewed in the days following the release of the Standards.

The new Standards complement previous internationally-known work sponsored by ONF in the development and publication of treatment guidelines for Adult and Pediatric Concussion care. These guidelines are updated and revised every few years as new evidence emerges.