The Brain Injury Screening Tool (BIST)

An update from Dr Alice Theadom on research being completed by TBI Network.

The Brain Injury Screening Tool (BIST) has been developed to help GPs and Emergency Centre Doctors to assess for concussion and identify who are at low, medium or high-risk of longer term difficulties based on known risk factors and predictors of recovery. This provides guidance on when to refer the patient to hospital or a concussion service, or to other specialist services such as physiotherapy; and helps the GP establish a health pathway for their patient.

Australia and New Zealand researchers are working together to establish Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Guidelines, these are currently in Draft format and will be out for consultation soon.

A PhD researcher is currently working to develop a measure for outcome that is more holistic than symptom and function outcome measures.