The Montreal Children’s Hospital’s innovative inter-professional Concussion Clinic has been recognized as a model for care since its development in 2007. Over the past 25 years, our Trauma Specialists have been leaders in this area, developing and implementing an innovative, comprehensive, proactive, inter-professional approach to the management of concussions in youth. The approach to care is in keeping with the most recent evidence and based on extensive clinical expertise.
In our Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Program with its Inter-professional Concussion Clinic we combine our trauma knowledge and expertise with injury prevention strategies, and apply it to the composite life of a child or teen at school, play, and at home. The team consists of Trauma Coordinators, Administrative Coordinator, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Neuropsychologists, Physician Consultants, a Clinician Research Scientist, Research Assistants, and other rehabilitation and psychosocial consultants as needed for the specific patient and family. Over 900 patients are referred annually from our Emergency Department, Regional Centres, Adult Trauma Centres, and Community Physicians.
The prevention, recognition, and management of children and teens with a concussion is challenging and drawing the attention of many. Our community out-reach and knowledge sharing provides important information to clinicians, teachers, educators, coaches, professional sporting associations, governing bodies, parents, patients, media and community organizations, so as to enhance their understanding, and thereby support the child or teen. We work closely with the Emergency Department of our Trauma Centre in conveying important information about the timely management of Concussions in Youth. We are currently collaborating on several concussion related initiatives.