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Title: Child concussion recognition and recovery: a community delivered, evidenced-based solution.
Austin Authors: Clarke, Cathriona;Anderson, Vicki;Babl, Franz E;Rausa, Vanessa C;Davis, Gavin A ;Barnett, Peter;Crichton, Ali;Takagi, Michael;Hearps, Stephen J C;Davies, Katie;McKinlay, Audrey;Anderson, Nicholas;Kwan, Vivian;Kanagalingam, Sanji;Ceregra, Gabi;Petris, Anita;Darling, Simone;Clifton, Patrick;Harcourt, Peter
Affiliation: Australian Football League, Melbourne, Australia
Neurological Rehabilitation Group, Melbourne, Australia
Department of Neurosurgery, Cabrini Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Business Development, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia
University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
Curve Tomorrow, Melbourne, Australia
Clinical Sciences Research, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia
Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, Ilam, New Zealand
Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia
Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Australia
Department of Neurosurgery, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: May-2020
Publication information: Annals of translational medicine 2020; 8(9): 595
Abstract: Pediatric concussion is a growing health concern. Concussion is generally poorly understood within the community. Many parents are unaware of the signs and varying symptoms of concussion. Despite the existence of concussion management and return to play guidelines, few parents are aware of how to manage their child's recovery and return to activities. Digital health technology can improve the way this information is communicated to the community. A multidisciplinary team of pediatric concussion researchers and clinicians translated evidence-based, gold-standard guidelines and tools into a smartphone application with recognition and recovery components. HeadCheck is a community facing digital health application developed in Australia (not associated with HeadCheck Health) for management of concussion in children aged 5-18 years. The application consists of (I) a sideline concussion check and (II) symptom monitoring and symptom-targeted psychoeducation to assist the parent manage their child's safe return to school, exercise and sport. The application was tested with target end users as part of the development process. HeadCheck provides an accessible platform for disseminating best practice evidence. It provides feedback to help recognize a concussion and symptoms of more serious injuries and assists parents guide their child's recovery.
DOI: 10.21037/atm.2020.03.50
ORCID: 0000-0001-8293-4496
Journal: Annals of translational medicine
PubMed URL: 32566622
ISSN: 2305-5839
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Brain concussion
mobile application
post-concussion symptoms
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