uOBMRI Research Snapshot | Guidelines for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
By: Sarah Schock, uOBMRI Scientific Writer
A concussion is a form of mild traumatic brain injury which usually occurs when the head is hit or jolted causing the brain to be displaced within the skull and become injured. The effects of a concussion are both short and long term with most symptoms usually resolving within a month, however, for some, symptoms persist for years.
In June of 2018, the third edition of the “Guidelines for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Persistent Symptoms” were published. Dr. Shawn Marshall is the lead author of the guidelines, physician at the Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre and member of the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute.
These guidelines were developed to enable healthcare practitioners to provide enhanced care for those 18 years of age and older who are living with the effects of their injury. They have been developed by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation with a vast amount of input coming from patients, their families and a broad team of healthcare professionals and researchers.
For the first time, the guidelines also include an easy to navigate patient friendly version. This was due to the request from patients to be able to find easily understandable and accessible information when their symptoms are prolonged. For each section of the guideline, it contains key information and offers resources based on the needs identified by the person with the concussion. As well, the guidelines come with a new interactive and searchable platform, making it easier for users to find the information needed.
“We believe this guideline will give people strategies to help them better cope when a concussion does not heal according to their expectations” Dr. Shawn Marshall.