Journal article

Trajectories and Predictors of Clinician-Determined Recovery after Child Concussion

Vicki Anderson, Gavin A Davis, Michael Takagi, Kevin Dunne, Cathriona Clarke, Nicholas Anderson, Vanessa C Rausa, Melissa Doyle, Georgia Parkin, Katie Truss, Emma Thompson, Silvia Bressan, Stephen Hearps, Franz E Babl

Journal of Neurotrauma | MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC | Published : 2020


By age 16, 20% of children will suffer a concussion. Many experience persisting post-concussive symptoms (PCS), the cause(s) of which remain unclear. We mapped concussion recovery to 3 months post-injury and explored non-modifiable (e.g., age, sex, pre-injury factors, injury mechanism, acute PCS) and modifiable (post-acute child symptoms) predictors of persisting symptoms in order to identify opportunities for early intervention. We conducted a prospective, longitudinal study in the emergency department of a tertiary, pediatric hospital recruiting children within 48 h of concussion (T0), with follow-up at 2 days (T1), 2 weeks (T2), 1 month (T3), and 3 months (T4). Primary outcome was T2 clin..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, Melbourne, Australia. Anderson and Babl are supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council practitioner fellowships.