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..View full abstract
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.