Education Pediatricians and Family Physicians on Concussion and Return to Learn
Research Team from McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences
Team Lead: Carol DeMatteo, School of Rehabilitation Science and CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research
Concussion is a common pediatric problem of increasing incidence. Researchers at CanChild previously conducted a seven year Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation funded study which has shown that mTBI/concussion in children is not well understood and approaches to management are inconsistent. The present knowledge translation study funded by CIHR builds on this information by focusing on primary care physicians and pediatricians in the Hamilton area. Family physicians are often the first point of health services contact for the child and family. The physicians need easily accessible, up to date, evidence based information to prevent the 50% rate of repeat injury and the long-term complications that are being seen in children with mTBI/concussion.
In collaboration with the Ontario College of Family Physicians and the Concussion Strategy, this project will develop resources for frontline health care providers to assist them in recognizing when a traumatic brain injury or concussion has occurred, knowing what to recommend regarding return to activity, including school and sport, and when to refer the child for further intervention. A knowledge broker will visit family practice offices to heighten awareness and introduce the tools. When completed, final versions of all materials will be available at no cost on the CanChild website. (www.canchild.ca)