Hull-Ellis Concussion and Research Clinic
Project Lead: Tharshini Chandra
Project Purpose: The specific outcome was to implement the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation’s recommendations and patience advice for the management of persisting fatigue in a standardized manner using the recommended patient resources.
About the project
The purpose of the project was to improve the management of post-concussion fatigue by developing and implementing a standardized process and toolkit for clinicians.
The following tools were used to evaluate clinical outcomes:
- SCAT-5 (Sport Concussion Assessment Tool)
- BSI-18 (Brief Symptom Inventory)
- BNI Fatigue Scale (Barrow Neurological Institute)
Results showed a significant decrease in fatigue complaints from patients, both in frequency and intensity, indicated by both the SCAT-5 and the BNI Fatigue Scale. Earlier identification of patients who may have ongoing fatigue complaints and challenges allowed for earlier referrals to appropriate clinics and other services for follow-up. A standardized training toolkit was developed with ONF resources and scripts for clinicians to use at various time points post-injury in the evaluation and management of fatigue.