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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.


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