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ONF is internationally recognized for the guidelines for managing concussions (adults and children) and guideline for rehabilitating adults with moderate-to-severe TBI. These guidelines help healthcare professionals manage post-concussion symptoms and provide direction to rehabilitate persons with moderate-to-severe ABI. Starting in 2019 these Guidelines will become living guidelines to ensure that the most current research literature is incorporated into the recommendations.

Guideline for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury & Prolonged Symptoms 3rd Edition for Adults over 18 years of age

The Guideline for Concussion/ mTBI and Prolonged Symptoms was developed to improve patient care by creating a framework that can be implemented by healthcare professionals to effectively identify and treat individuals with persistent symptoms following a concussion/mTBI. The third edition of the guideline was published in June 2018 and starting in the Fall of 2019 will evolve into a living guideline. Features include:

  • Patient and family version for each section of the guideline, containing the key information, and offering resources based on needs identified by persons with concussion.
  • A “What’s New” section highlighting recent updates.
  • An interactive and searchable platform allowing users to navigate the guideline more efficiently, making it easier for users to find the information they want. Access the guideline.

Citing the Guidelines

Marshall S, Bayley M, McCullagh S, Berrigan L, Fischer L, Ouchterlony D, Rockwell C, Velikonja D, et al. Guideline for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Prolonged Symptoms: 3nd Edition (for Adults 18+ years of age). Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, 2018.  

Living Guideline for Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric Concussion

The Living Guideline for Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric Concussion was released in September 2019. This guideline was developed to enable healthcare practitioners to identify and treat youth and children (aged 5-18) experiencing prolonged symptoms following a concussion/mTBI. The guideline was also developed with intent to educate parents and individuals working in community settings with children and youth who have sustained concussion/mTBI. The living guideline format allows for real-time updates based on new evidence. Access the guideline.

INESSS-ONF Guideline for Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate-to-Severe TBI

In partnership with, Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS), ONF guides the development and supports implementation of the guideline for the rehabilitation of adults with moderate-to-severe TBI in Ontario and Quebec.

The Guideline for Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate-to-Severe TBI provides recommendations for front-line clinicians, program coordinators and managers working in rehabilitation settings. The INESSS-ONF Guideline can also be of use for community-based rehabilitation, within organizations or for rehabilitation provided in home environments. Starting in the Fall of 2019 the Guideline will become a living guideline and any updates will be identified in a “What’s New” section. Access the guideline.

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