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Standards for Traumatic Brain Injury

The mission of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation in setting standards of care for people with brain injury is to ensure people have the right care, delivered at the right time, from the right provider. Quality of care can vary across the province, the standards for brain injury care guide the care journey to make sure all Ontarians receive the same level of care regardless of their location.

Standards for Post-Concussion Care

Right Care, Right Time, Right Provider

ONF has moved to fill a gap and support people in Ontario who have sustained concussion with the release of Standards for Post-Concussion Care. These standards were developed with the involvement and expertise of over 65 experts, including individuals who had experienced persistent symptoms following concussion. The standards offer 15 criteria and several tools and resources to guide healthcare providers and interdisciplinary clinics in processes used to provide care. The standards have created a framework to support having the right care, delivered at the right time, by the right provider.
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Standards for the Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

ONF believes in providing the best information to healthcare providers, patients and families. The Foundation has created a report to raise awareness about the standards of care people should receive after a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The Standards for the Rehabilitation of Adults with Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury address three significant gaps in the Ontario Health system:

  • The types of rehabilitation care and services available are not the same across Ontario.
  • After a TBI, a person can receive care from many difference healthcare providers in hospital, rehabilitation and/or community settings; there is a need for guidance about how care should be coordinated.
  • People with a TBI and there families don’t always know what to do after a TBI and what type of care to expect.

The standards are about helping people with TBI get the right care, from the right provider at the right time.

Partnership with Health Quality Ontario

ONF and Health Quality Ontario (HQO) have partnered to develop a Quality Standard for Concussion Care, which will be released in 2020. Quality standards are concise statements designed to help clinicians easily and quickly know what care they should be providing, based on the latest and best evidence. They also are designed to help patients and families know what to expect in their care. The quality standard will complement Standards for Post-Concussion Care produced by ONF in 2017, and will be informed by clinical practice guidelines, including the ONF Guidelines.

This strategic partnership allows both groups to produce up-to-date evidence-based quality standards to support high-quality management of concussion. By combining resources, the collaboration will produce greater developments, dissemination and ultimately meaningful impact on concussion care in Ontario.

CORPORATE ANNOUNCEMENT – February 2021(Click to learn more)