NeuroMatters Winter 2019 News & Events

ONF supported primary care mobility clinic makes international impacts

Our work may be driven by the needs of Ontarians, but our impact is felt internationally – the November 2018 issue of The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) eNewsletter sheds light on the work ONF supports in primary care. ISCoS promotes the highest standard of care in the practice of spinal cord injury (SCI) internationally; through its medical and multi-disciplinary team of professionals ISCoS endeavours to foster education, research and clinical excellence. ONF Program Director, Dr. Tara Jeji supports the work of the international society as a member of the communications committee.

The article highlights the significant role primary care providers play in the care of individuals with SCI. Zoning in on the research led by Drs Jamie Miligan and Joseph Lee, the article covers the developments in the Kitchener-Waterloo mobility clinic and the relationship with Dr. Tara Jeji in the primary care research and implementation agenda. In 2018 ONF in partnership with the Rick Hansen Institute announced the plan to establish five more primary care mobility clinics across Ontario based on the Centre for Family Medicine clinic.

Read the full ISCoS article here.

 

Toronto Rehab Institute to release new findings on incidence of concussion 

Research led by Toronto Rehab Institute (TRI) has been accepted for an article by the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (JHTR). The ONF supported study looks at the increasing incidence of concussion diagnosed by physicians in Ontario and samples a larger jurisdiction than previous studies only examining single cause of injury or smaller limited populations. Databases were used to identify all Ontario residents with a diagnosis of concussion made by a physician between 2008 -2016; findings showed that the annual incidence of approximately 1.2% of the population is the highest rate of concussion ever reported. The article, “Increasing Incidence of Concussion: True Epidemic or Better Recognition?” is in development and is hoped to inform future concussion treatment and health care planning.

 

International Brain Injury Association Conference 2019

Toronto was privileged to host the 13th annual International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) conference, welcoming over 1400 international delegates working in the field of brain injury. This year ONF played a significant role as a gold sponsor and was awarded the opportunity to present posters showcasing the research, knowledge mobilization and implementation work developing to support better outcomes in care for people living with acquired brain injury. ONF ABI Program Director, Judy Gargaro and Program and Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, Chad Debison-Larabie both exhibited posters illustrating the provincial implementation of a clinical practice guideline for adults with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury, and a new network, Brain Injury Speaks to connect the brain injury community across the province.

Other ONF supported projects exhibited at the conference include:

ABI and Addiction/Mental Health Collaborative– purposed to develop a capacity to address complex, unmet needs using a shared-care model incorporating discussion about sequential/concurrent care relating to the relationship between ABI and addiction and mental health in Southeastern Ontario.

Telephone follow-up: Supporting community transition post Acquired Brain Injury rehab– purposed to refine and implement a sustainable telephone follow-up process in ABI Inpatient Services.

Remember Me! An Educational Intervention for Individuals with Brain Injury and Memory Loss – purposed to develop educational intervention for clients living with brain injury that would help individuals understand their memory difficulties, and potentially help improve quality of life, as measured by depression and anxiety questionnaires.

 

Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Care High Performance Indicators

The Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Care High Performance Indicators (SCI-HIGH) project was launched to address the need to improve the quality and equity of rehabilitation services for Canadians in the first 18 months after inpatient rehabilitation by 2020. The SCI-High project team consists of a multi-disciplinary, transnational group of leaders comprised to steer the project progression. On January 25, 2019 the project team led by Primary Investigators, Cathy Craven and Dalton Wolfe met with knowledge mobilization and implementation experts, advocacy allies and policy makers to discuss the next phase of the project.