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Delayed Clinical Care After Concussion May Prolong Recovery

Key clinical point: Receiving clinical care within 1 week of a concussion may be associated with faster recovery times, compared with having an initial clinic visit more than 1 week after the injury.

Major finding: In a logistic regression model, patients who received late care were 5.8 times more likely to have a recovery longer than 30 days.

Study details: A retrospective, cross-sectional study of 162 patients aged 12-22 years with symptomatic, sport-related concussion.

Disclosures: The first author disclosed grants from the National Football League and personal fees from APA Books and University of Pittsburgh projects outside the scope of this study.

Citation:

Kontos AP et al. JAMA Neurol. 2020 Jan 6. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.4552.