Impact of Implementing the Heads Up to Clinicians Online Educational Module to Pediatric and Family Practice Providers on Knowledge and Specialty Referrals

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Concussion in sports is a rapidly growing field of study. In the United States, it is estimated that there are between 1.8-3.8 million sports-related concussions annually (Langlois, Rutland-Brow, & Wald, 2006). With this, there are well-documented provider educational deficits when it comes to diagnosing and managing concussion patients (Adams et al., 2018; Broshek et al., 2014; Carl & Kinsella, 2014; De Maio et al., 2013; Giebel et al., 2011; and Stollar et al., 2014). In 2011, the CDC released the "Heads Up to Clinicians" online educational module to address this disparity. For this quality improvement project, the module was presented to 14 family practice or pediatric care providers. Eight (N=8) providers completed the pre-intervention survey, pre-intervention knowledge test, completed the online educational module, and completed the post-intervention knowledge test. Following the intervention there was statistically significant evidence of positive differences in pre- and post-intervention knowledge testing (p=0.0078). Although not statistically significant, there were also trends of earlier referral to a concussion specialist (p=0.4978). Further utilization of the module to more family practice and pediatric providers would be recommended. It would also be beneficial to engage the community and expand concussion knowledge through personal education, conferences, and better access to concussion specialists.



sports-related concussion, concussion, Heads Up to Clinicians, pediatric concussion, provider knowledge deficits-concussion