This quality standard addresses care for children age 5 years and older, adolescents, and adults with a concussion. Concussion is also referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury. This quality standard includes all settings in which concussion care is provided, including primary care, emergency departments, outpatient care, rehabilitation, and concussion clinics.
The scope of this quality standard includes all causes of concussion (sports and non-sports) and it applies to all health care providers. This quality standard addresses the assessment, diagnosis, and management of acute concussion and persistent or prolonged post-concussion symptoms.
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Know what quality care looks like, based on evidence and expert consensus
Patient Conversation Guide
If you have a concussion: Know what to ask for in your care
The work on this quality standard started in November 2018.
Health Quality Ontario thanks the following individuals for their generous, voluntary contributions of time and expertise to help create this quality standard:
Carol DeMatteo (co-chair)
Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University
Carmela Tartaglia (co-chair)
Neurologist, University Health Network
Physiotherapist; Post-Doctoral Fellow, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute & York University
Primary Care Sports Physician; Medical Director, Clinical Lead, Concussion North
Medical Director, Brain and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network
Lived Experience Advisor
Physician, ACES Medical Group and Norwest Community Health Centre
Sports Specialist Chiropractor; Secretary, Board of Directors, Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences Canada
Family Physician, Home Street Family Practice
Pediatrician; Medical Director, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Concussion Clinic
Clinical Neuropsychologist, London Health Sciences Centre
Nurse Practitioner, SKR Nursing Professional Corporation
Registered Nurse, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Lived Experience Advisor
Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Acquired Brain Injury Service & System Navigator, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Network
Lived Experience Advisor; Occupational Therapy Student, McMaster University
Athletic Therapist, Researcher, Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, Western University
Neuropsychiatrist; Director, Neuropsychiatry, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network
Emergency Medicine Physician, Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University
Occupational Therapist, Georgian Bay Family Health Team
Speech-Language Pathologist, Parkwood Institute, St. Joseph’s Health Care