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ONF has become 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.

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

The Guideline for Concussion/ mTBI and Persistent 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 guideline was published in June 2018 and is now in it’s third edition. Three new features are:

  • 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.
  • Indication for certain recommendations, of the evidence level being upgraded from the previous edition.
  • An interactive and searchable platform allowing users to navigate the guideline more efficiently, making it easier for users to find the information they want. To access the guideline, visit: braininjuryguidelines

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 Persistent 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 persistent 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 INESS guidelines can also be of use for community-based rehabilitation, within organizations or for rehabilitation provided in home environments. To access the guideline, visit: braininjuryguidelines

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