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New concussion guidelines released, new CMA CME on concussions

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This fall, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) released the updated Second Edition of the Guidelines for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Persistent Symptoms.

This fall, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) released the updated Second Edition of the Guidelines for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Persistent Symptoms. The guidelines were developed by clinical experts to help health care practitioners effectively diagnose and manage concussion/mTBI in adults over  18 and treat symptoms that persist over time.

Concussion also known as mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain, induced by traumatic biomechanical forces. Typically, concussion results in rapid-onset neurophysiologic and neurologic dysfunction that resolves in a spontaneous manner over a relatively short period.

The new edition features a modified format based on feedback from frontline users in order to improve the accessibility and utility of the guidelines. Similar ONF guidelines are currently being developed for children and youth, due for release in 2014. The guidelines can be viewed or downloaded in complete form, in clinical version, or in section modules at either  or

As concussion concerns mount, CMA launches a new CME course

Concussion is a serious public health issue. By the time children reach 10 years of age, 16% will have had at least 1 head injury requiring medical attention and a significant proportion have persistent symptoms.

Responding to growing concern about the “silent epidemic” of concussion, the CMA has launched an accredited continuing medical education (CME) course to help physicians diagnose and manage patients with this type of mild TBI.

The new course is a collaborative effort involving the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the CMA. It takes 1.5 hours to complete and is eligible for 1.5 study credits from the Royal College and CFPC. For more information, visit



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