ONF funds guidelines for management of concussion in children and youth

February 04, 2013 | Posted in Announcements, ABI

Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) has been receiving warranted attention over the past two years. Management to date has focused primarily on return to play, but insufficient attention has been paid to the comprehensive management of concussion/mTBI from a medical, psychological, cognitive and social perspective.

ONF is the sponsor of the Guidelines for MTBI and Persistent Symptom for adults, to assist health practitioners who manage patients over the age of 18. These guidelines have become internationally known.

The Pediatric Guidelines will be led by Dr. Roger Zemek, Emergency Physician at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, along with Carol DeMatteo, McMaster University and CanChild Centre for Disability Research. Bev Solomon, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab, Michelle Keightley, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab and University of Toronto, and Martin Osmond, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, University of Ottawa will comprise the core team.

The team will create guidelines for pediatric concussion across the spectrum of care: diagnosis, early management, persistent symptom management, returning to learn and play recommendations, and prevention of further injury will be addressed. The project will begin in February 2013 and will be completed by the end of March 2014.

The Pediatric Guidelines for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Persistent Symptoms will facilitate bridging the research-to-practice gap and raise the overall standard of care for children with concussion. These guidelines will assist clinicians to properly diagnose concussion, optimize treatment and provide families with realistic and appropriate anticipatory guidance with the aim of avoiding a potentially more serious second concussion and reducing the frequency and severity of persistent symptoms. ONF and the Concussion/MTBI Strategy will collaborate with the project team to facilitate the knowledge transfer process and implementation to ensure the broadest sharing of information and uptake.