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In recent years, the effects of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) – also known as concussion – have become a major concern for the public and the focus of researchers. Many studies have been conducted but, what exactly do they tell us about the effects of concussion?
This month, the
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation published a supplement on this issue.
Guest edited by Dr. J. David Cassidy, Senior Scientist, Toronto Western Research Institute (TWRI) and his graduate students at the University Health Network, the supplement contains several original studies and systematic reviews of the best research available addressing prognosis for MTBIs.
A systematic review identifies, evaluates, and analyzes all studies relevant to a particular research question – in this case what people can expect after suffering a MTBI or concussion.
Cassidy was assisted by Dr. Carol Cancelliere, a PhD student in clinical epidemiology and Dr. James Donovan, a research associate with his lab.
The supplement includes 16 papers, including 10 systematic reviews and three original research papers. The findings provide many interesting points on a variety of issues linked to concussions.
This project was funded by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. The funding allowed Cassidy to assemble an international team of clinician scientists from five countries and involved collaboration between UHN, the University of Alberta, the University of Southern Denmark, the University of Bordeaux, the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta and Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
The full issue can be viewed by clicking here