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A 14-year-old girl attends A&E after hitting her head on a concrete wall during netball, with short loss of consciousness. She is discharged after a normal CT head. She returns the next day with symptoms of concussion. Her mum asks if avoiding screens would be helpful.
Structured clinical question
In a 14-year-old girl with concussion (patient), does limiting screen time (intervention) improve symptom recovery (outcome)?
Sources: Embase, Ovid MEDLINE
Search strategy: concussion AND (screen time OR screentime OR cognitive rest)
Number of hits: 200
Relevant hits: 14
Not relevant 77
Not English language 2
Non-systematic reviews or guidelines 40
Studies were excluded if not explicitly mentioning screen time of some sort, or those only focusing on adults or post-concussion syndrome. Guidelines and non-systematic review articles were also excluded. The selected articles …
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.