School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
concussions, concussion management, children, concussion guidelines, school, K-12
Mann, Renee, "Pediatric Concussion Management in the School Setting: An Integrative Literature Review" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3037.
Concussions in the pediatric population are a growing concern due to the impact concussions could have on the child’s health and well-being. Appropriate management of concussions in the pediatric population promotes recovery and the return of the student who has sustained a concussion to school and to normal physical activities. The purpose of this integrative review project is to evaluate the current practices, evidence-based recommendations, and guidelines to ascertain the optimum recovery times in children who have sustained a concussion within the school setting, grades K-12. An integrative review was conducted utilizing the Whitmore and Knafl framework. The four main themes found through the utilization of the thematic analysis included: (a) Recommended guidelines and evidence-based practices facilitate recovery and reduce risk of long-term symptoms; (b) Knowledge base and practices of providers in the management of concussions in school-age children may vary; (c) Concussion management in school-age children requires a community-based approach; and (d) Concussion management training for all stakeholders is important to ensure that evidence-based guidelines and recommendations are adhered to in the school setting. The integrative review will be published in a journal that will reach the targeted audience in the school system.