Journal article

Implementing evidence-based recommended practices for the management of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries in Australian emergency care departments: study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial

Marije Bosch, Joanne E McKenzie, Duncan Mortimer, Emma J Tavender, Jill J Francis, Sue E Brennan, Jonathan C Knott, Jennie L Ponsford, Andrew Pearce, Denise A O'Connor, Jeremy M Grimshaw, Jeffrey V Rosenfeld, Russell L Gruen, Sally E Green

Trials | BMC | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Mild head injuries commonly present to emergency departments. The challenges facing clinicians in emergency departments include identifying which patients have traumatic brain injury, and which patients can safely be sent home. Traumatic brain injuries may exist with subtle symptoms or signs, but can still lead to adverse outcomes. Despite the existence of several high quality clinical practice guidelines, internationally and in Australia, research shows inconsistent implementation of these recommendations. The aim of this trial is to test the effectiveness of a targeted, theory- and evidence-informed implementation intervention to increase the uptake of three key clinical recomm..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian NHMRC Public Health Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This protocol is part of a 5-year grant (the Neurotrauma Evidence Translation (NET) Program), funded by the Victorian Transport Accident Commission (TAC), Australia. The TAC has had no involvement in the study design, preparation of the manuscript, or the decision to submit the manuscript for publication. RLG is supported by a Practitioner Fellowship from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. DAO is supported by an Australian NHMRC Public Health Fellowship (606726). JMG holds a Canada Research Chair in Health Knowledge and Transfer.