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Persistent symptoms lasting at least 21 days after initial traumatic brain injury occur in about 15-20% of adolescents. Initial assessment of concussions can be done using the SCAT5 and a wide variety of other standardized assessment tools. However, there are striking gaps in standard clinical procedure for follow-up care for athletes who have persistent symptoms. Furthermore, there are many issues with accessibility to therapeutic services including long wait times that prevent timely referral to those services. This pilot intervention was implemented at the University of Vermont to address those issues by providing a hotline resource for families to use and obtain faster and easier referrals to outpatient therapeutic services based on individual persistent symptoms.
Evergreen Family Health
concussion, TBI, accessibility, adolescent, Vermont
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Bales, Natalie J., "Increasing Access of Outpatient Therapeutic Services for Adolescents With Persistent Symptoms After Sport-related Traumatic Brain Injury" (2023). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 852.