Last week we ran a story about how there seems to be a disconnect between doctors, primarily ER docs, and the concussion issue (via @pirateatc). It is going to take some extra work by those that know about this injury to educate those that do not have the full story, including doctors. After that post I received an email from a reader I would like to share that with you (below in italics).
I’ve been reading your blog on almost a daily basis. You’ve got great stuff that your writing about. I commend you for your work.
I concur on the concern over the primary care physicians and the Emergency Room docs. There really does seem to be a disconnect. As I noted at our concussion summit, when we surveyed our members and asked them their thoughts about the knowledge of the primary care/ER MDs and the majority of them rated them as fair. When asking what percentage of cases were either a) not recognized as a concussion b) cleared before appropriate guidelines, the response was about 70% of MDs either do not recognize the injury as a concussion or b) clear them before current guidelines. That’s a big problem.
There was a recent article published in the J Emergency Medicine Continue reading