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It is estimated that less than 20 percent of best practices are ever applied because it takes both dedicated funding and effort to be able to effectively plan and sustain implementation activities. The implementation program for ABI works to build best practices in pilot locations, clinics and rehabilitation environments in order to create provincial standards for ABI care. It also evaluates the implementation of our guidelines and standards of care through measurement of outcomes, performance and efficiency, as well as evaluating outcomes for people with ABI.


Implementation Projects

Catalyst Grants

ONF provides catalyst funds to programs working on improving the degree of implementation of the adult concussion and moderate-to-severe TBI guidelines. There are periodic calls for applicants through the year and the final grant amount will depend on the number of successful applicants. There is a selection committee and process for reviewing the applications. Contact us to learn more about our Catalyst Grants.


Projects are briefly summarized and links are provided to necessary resources and the complete project details.


Ongoing Projects

Hull-Ellis Concussion and Research Clinic UHN - Toronto

Effective Assessment and Treatment of Fatigue Post-Concussion in the Acute Stages: The targeted outcome of this grant was to standardize the management of fatigue by clinicians and provide standardized education related to persistent fatigue to patients. 


Ottawa Hospital Research Institute - Ottawa 

Using Patient-Centred Guidelines as Part of Summary Sheet Instructions for Outpatients at a Post-Concussion Clinic: The targeted outcome of this grant was incorporate condensed sections of the Patient Guidelines, individualized based on specific symptoms, into an after-visit summary that patients receive. 


Concussion North Ltd - Barrie

Improving Access to Medical Care in Concussion Patients at High Risk for Developing Persistent Symptoms: Utilization of a Physician Assistant within a Physician-Supervised Interdisciplinary Concussion Center: The targeted outcome of this project was to introduce a physician assistant model to the concussion clinic and reduce wait times for patients. 


University of Waterloo (Department of Kinesiology in Partnership with the Centre for Community, Clinical and Applied Research Excellence [CCARE]) - Waterloo

Advancing Concussion Care through Education, Scientific-Evidence and Community Support (ACCESS): The targeted outcome of this grant was to bridge the gap between research and practice to create community awareness around best practices in identifying and treating sport-related concussions by creating educational videos.


Unity Health, St. Michael's Site - Toronto

Smart Concussion Advice - Personalized Education for Persistent Symptoms Post-concussion using the Rivermead Post Concussion Symptoms Questionnaire (RPQ): The targeted outcome of this project was to provide personalized, written education materials for patients based on their top 3 symptoms. The grant was to purchase iPads to facilitate completion of the RPQ and create a tool that generates customized education for patients.


Toronto Rehabilitation Institute UHN - Toronto

 Asking the Question: Addressing Sexuality in Acquired Brain Injury


Dale Brain Injury Services - London

Implementing ONF-INESSS Pain Management Clinical Practice Guidelines in a Community-Based Organization Providing Support to Adults with an Acquired Brain Injury

Completed Projects

Providence Care Hospital - Kingston

ABI and Addictions/Mental Health Collaborative: The targeted outcome of this grant was to establish a successful and sustainable mechanism for addressing the needs of clients with moderate to severe TBI and a comorbidity of mental illness and/or addiction.


Toronto Rehabilitation Institute UHN - Toronto

Telephone Follow-up: Supporting Community Transition Post ABI Rehab: The targeted outcome of the project was to refine and implement a sustainable telephone follow-up process in the ABI Inpatient Services at Toronto Rehab, UHN.


West Park Healthcare Centre - Toronto

Acquired Brain Injury and Sexuality: The targeted outcome of the project was to educate ABI patients, caregivers, and families on sexuality post-ABI. The grant was used to develop educational content as well as the internal capacity to provide this education in group or one-on-one sessions.


Health Sciences North - Sudbury

Implementing contextualized assessment and intervention approaches for the inpatient rehabilitation of adults with cognitive-communication impairments post-TBI: The targeted outcome of the project was to implement contextualized assessment and intervention approaches for the inpatient rehabilitation of adults with cognitive-communication impairments post-TBI, while simultaneously avoiding over-reliance on standardized tests.


Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre - Toronto

Improving Concussion Education at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre - Examining the Efficacy of a Self-Management Education Group for Adults with Concussion: The targeted outcome of this project was to implement self-management group education sessions for adults with prolonged symptoms beyond the post-acute stage of recovery. 

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