Journal article

Use of the sport concussion assessment tools in the emergency department to predict persistent post-concussive symptoms in children

Silvia Bressan, Cathriona J Clarke, Vicki Anderson, Michael Takagi, Stephen JC Hearps, Vanessa Rausa, Nicholas Anderson, Melissa Doyle, Kevin Dunne, Ed Oakley, Gavin A Davis, Franz E Babl

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | WILEY | Published : 2020


Aim The Sport Concussion Assessment Tool v3 (SCAT3) and its child version (ChildSCAT3) are composite tools including a symptom scale, a rapid cognitive assessment (standardised assessment of concussion (SAC)) and the modified Balance Error Scoring System (mBESS). It is unclear whether their use for the acute assessment of paediatric concussion in the emergency department (ED) may help predict persistent post‐concussive symptoms (PPCS). We aim to assess the predictive value of the main SCAT3/ChildSCAT3 components for PPCS when applied in the ED. Methods A single‐site, prospective longitudinal cohort study of children aged 5–18 years assessed within 48 h of their concussion at the ED of a sta..

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Awarded by Royal Children's Hospital Foundation

Awarded by Australia National Health and Medical Research Council-NHMRC-(Centre of Research Excellence), Canberra, Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the support of the families involved in the study, the assistance of ED medical and nursing staff and the volunteers and research assistants who have supported this study. The study was funded in part by grants from the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation (RCHF 2014-370), Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne, the Australia National Health and Medical Research Council-NHMRC-(Centre of Research Excellence grant GNT1058560), Canberra, Australia; and the Victorian Government Research Infrastructure Support programme. FEB's time was part funded by a grant from the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; a Melbourne Campus Clinician Scientist Fellowship Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship. VA is funded by an NHMRC Senior Practitioner fellowship. The sponsors had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis and interpretation of the data; preparation, review or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.